Most people who decide to change something about themselves leap headlong into action. But one theory suggests there are two stages that precede activity in a successful life transition: contemplation and preparation. If you want to make a lasting change in your life, start here.
Begin by asking yourself these two questions:
(a) Do I know why I want to make this change?
(b) Have I assembled all the instructions, equipment, and advisers that this shift will require?
You should be able to answer "yes" to both questions before you commit to a transition. Can you explain the reason for the change and list the places you can turn to for help?
If you've tried to make a change and failed, it's enormously difficult not to skid back into disappointment and a box of Ring Dings. Instead of fighting or fleeing your fear of failure, can you describe your worries?
Now can you identify ways in which your mind has exaggerated the risks?
Publication: O, The Oprah Magazine
Publication Date: 01-JAN-07