>With the new year, everyone seems to be setting goals of some sort. If you really would like to attain some of your goals this year, take a look at your readiness and motivation for the changes or you may disappoint yourself.
For example: A study was done related to where people were at in their motivation to make changes related to healthy eating and weight reduction.
The study concluded that readiness to make changes was an important step toward not only weight loss but weight maintenance.
What is internal motivation?
When someone truly feels that they can take the first step ( has self-efficacy) toward their goal, they are on their way.
So, where are you on your goal scale?
Author: Prochaska, in his Stages of Behavior Change model, discussed how important it is to goal attainment to be at the right stage:
Here are the sates discussed in his model:
Precontemplation: you really do not have a desire to make a change in your health/ weight. You do not believe you have a problem.
Contemplation: You know that there are many reasons why you need to make changes. You are beginning to believe that if you do not make some changes soon- you may be heading toward a life filled with diseases because of your problem with obesity/health issues
Preparation: You are prepared to take the first step toward overall wellness. You feel motivated and have prepared yourself mentally, physically and spiritually to begin your goals.
Action: You have begun a health program and are doing well with it. You are eating better, you are exercising, you are learning how to cook your own low fat meals.
Maintenance: You are continuing to monitor your progress in your new wellness goal. You are becoming a mentor to others; helping them to develop their own health goals. You are part of a community health maintenance program.
Wee, C.C. , Davis, R.B. % Phillips, R.S. ( 2005). Stages of Readiness to Control Weight and Adopt Weight Control Behaviors in Primary Care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 410-145 doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.0074.x