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Change: the maintenance stage

This stage of change involves successfully avoiding former behaviours and continuing with the new behaviours.

If you are trying to maintain a new behaviour:

  1. Look for ways to avoid temptation.
  2. Try to replace old habits with positive actions.
  3. Reward yourself when you successfully avoid a relapse.


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Acting for change

During this stage of change, people begin taking direct action in order to accomplish their goals. But resolutions may fail because the previous steps have not been given enough attention.

  • If you are taking action towards achieving your goal, reward yourself for ...


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Elements in changing a behaviour

To make a successful change, you need to understand three elements in changing a behaviour:

  • Readiness to change: Having the resources and knowledge to make a lasting change.
  • Barriers to change: Finding out what is preventing...


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Change and relapse

Relapses are common in any behaviour change. You may experience feelings of failure, disappointment, and frustration. Don't let these setbacks undermine your self-confidence. Instead, take a good look at why it happened. What triggered the relapse? How can you av...


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Stages of the Change Model

Stages of the Change Model

The best-known approach to change is the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model, that was introduced in the 1970s as a way to help people quit smoking.

In this model, change happens slowly, and relapses are an inevitable part of the process. It has 6 stages:


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    Precontemplating change

    During this stage of change, people are ignorant of the problem, claiming their behaviour is not a problem. You may feel resigned to your current state or think you have no control over your behaviour.

    Strategies involve asking yourself some questions:


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      Preparing for change

      During this stage of change, you might begin making small changes to prepare for a larger change. For example, if losing weight is your goal, you might switch to lower-fat foods or join a health club.

      Some steps you can take to improve your chances of successf...


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      Making a change in behaviour

      Making a lasting change in behaviour can be very difficult. It requires a commitment of time, effort, and emotion.

      Whether you want to lose weight, or accomplish another goal, there is no single solution that works for everyone. During this period, many people become disco...


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      Contemplating change

      People become increasingly aware of the potential benefits of making a change, but the costs to make the change creates conflict and uncertainty that can last months or even years. People in this stage view change as a process of giving something up rather than a means of gain.


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      Once you've practiced the new behavior for six months, you're in the maintenance stage.

      Shift your focus to integrate the change into your life and prevent relapse. It may require other changes, like avoiding situations or triggers associated with the old habit.

      The GOLDEN RULE of habit change

      The GOLDEN RULE of habit change

      • We know that a habit cannot be eradicated. Instead, it must be replaced. Most habits are most malleable when the golden rule is applied:

      • To change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward...

      How to CHANGE your habits

      How to CHANGE your habits

      • To understand your own habits, you need to identify the components of your habit loops. Once you’ve diagnosed the habit loop of a particular behaviour, you can look for ways to supplant old vices with new routines.

      There are four steps to doing this:

      1. Identify the rout...


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