The Theory of Change involves 5 separate stages.
(1) Precontemplation (not even concerned about changing) to(2) Contemplation (considering whether to attempt to change) to(3) Preparation (gathering the resources/plans necessary to make change) to(4) Action (actively attempting to change behavior) to(5) Maintenance (continuing with the new, better behavior and avoiding relapse)
What causes someone to move from one stage to another? I believe that often, it’s when you get inspired by an external event. When you see your friend go from being out of shape to running a 5k or read an article about an 80 year old woman finally getting her college degree or see a TV interview with a first-time entrepreneur who’s business is growing profitably or even learn about how Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and still became president, you get inspired.
Those moments of inspiration are what drive you to really think hard about getting back into running, start researching online courses to take and fire up your text editor to keep plugging away at that side project. When you hear stories of other people triumphing over adversity, over internal struggle and their own fears and doubts, it lifts you up and makes your obstacles seem a little smaller.
I believe that inspiration is a key part of a successful change effort. Inspiration is a crucial part of the human experience. Whether you find it from a close friend or from listening to passionate speaker, you should never feel embarrassed about seeking inspiration to spark your change efforts – knowing that it’s part of a greater process that will take time, effort and strategy. We need it as much as we need food, water and shelter and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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**Big thanks to Jason Shen