If you’re already struggling with that New Year’s resolution,fear not – we’ve got you covered! This article is going to cover two really simple things anyone can do to move towards achieving their goal.
In order to understand where you are in relation to achieving your goal, you first need to understand the Transtheoretical Model of Change. The Transtheoretical Model of Change is an easy way to explore the stages we all go through when making any sort of change in our lives.
The most important thing to understand here is that we don’t necessarily go through these stages progressively. We can move up and jump back one, two or even three phases, and then return to our previous stage. The tips today focus on two things that need to occur so we can progress forward through these stages.
1. The first thing you need to do in order to move through the Stages of Change is increase your self efficacy (your personal belief in your ability to achieve your goal).
This starts with setting goals so small that you have absolutely no choice but to be successful. Goals so small, that you couldn’t fail even if you wanted to. Once you achieve success with your smaller goals, your self confidence and belief that you can achieve a slightly larger goal will increase, as will your chances for long term success in the future. For more on small goal setting, check out my previous blog post, The Secret to Success.
2. The second motivating force for moving through the Stages of Change is finding more pros than cons to the change you wish to make.
In the early phases of making a change, finding the pros to your change is especially important. During this time, your pros serve as motivation. If your cons outweigh your pros, your motivation will be low, and you probably won’t be successful in making your change. If you feel as though you are struggling with motivation – maybe the answer to that struggle is that you can’t find enough good reasons to make the changes required to achieve your goal.
Hopefully, these little gems give you insight into your own successes and struggles with different goals you are working on achieving. An easy success is always nice, and it’s always helpful to understand why we make the choices that we make. Being able to understand why we don’t achieve what we set out to achieve can be useful too, as it allows room for personal growth and self compassion.
We’d love to know: what is your big goal for the New Year?