Transtheoretical Model of Change

March 19, 2012 at 07:00 Leave a comment

Transtheoretical Model of Change

Stages of Behavioral Change

The Transtheoretical Model of Change is a framework developed to describe the varying stages of acquiring and maintaining a healthy behavior. It is based on the assumption and evident fact that people progress through stages at different rates.

Perhaps you were just curious when you took the assessment and weren’t sure you were quite ready to begin. That’s okay. We are all different and are sometimes at potentially different stages of acquiring and maintaining a healthy behavior. As you embark on your journey, ask yourself these important questions:

  • Are you making the decision to change a behavior for yourself?
  • Will your friends, family or loved ones support you on this journey?
  • Are you willing to make a commitment to this change, even though it may be tough and challenging at times?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, the more ready you are to commit to change. Design a strategy based on what stage you fall – not the stage where someone else WANTS you to fall. Be appropriate to your goals.

The Transtheoretical Model of Change has 4 components which are hypothesized to influence behavior:

  1. Stages of Change – where exactly do YOU fall in changing your lifestyle?
  2. Process of Change – what strategy do YOU use to move through the Stages of Change?
  3. Decisional Balance – weighing the benefits
  4. Self-Efficacy – belief in yourself to complete the task

We will highlight each of these components separately in the upcoming weeks. Make sure to check back here as we post new information!

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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