Stages of Behavioral Change

March 17, 2012 at 07:00 Leave a comment

Stages of Change

 Transtheoretical Model of Change
By Patti Zikmund
This is the 1st component of the Transtheoretical Model of Change about which we highlighted a week ago in an email to you. There are 5 stages of change presented in the Transtheoretical Model which we will describe briefly below:
  • A person in this stage of change has no plans or ideas to change his/her behavior within the next 6 months.
  • He is neither engaged nor contemplating change.


  • An individual in this stage is contemplating change within the next 6 months.
  • He/she will weigh the costs and benefits necessary for this change.


  • A person in this stage is preparing to commit to change within 30 days and has made some steps toward a healthier behavior.
  • He/She is mentally and physically preparing for change.


  • A person in this stage has been active for less than 6 months and has shown improved behavior.
  • He/She has a high desire to change his/her beliefs or attitudes about a healthier lifestyle.


  • A person in this stage has been active for more than 6 months and shows a high level of self-efficacy.
  • He/She has developed a strategy to cope with any possible lapses in activity.

Every individual progresses through these stages at different rates. They may lapse into an earlier state or even stay stagnant in one phase for an extended periods of time.

And as always, health is in you, let’s find it together.

To your health,

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Patti Zikmund
CPBA, CPVA, Spinning®, WKC® Fitness Trainer


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