If you have a goal to defeat Type 2 Diabetes, or make any other life change, you must be ready & committed to take action. The following model, which is based on the Trans-theoretical Model of Change, can serve as a guideline to see if you are truly READY to make behavioral change. The stages range from Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation & Action to Maintenance.

1. Pre-contemplation indicates that you are not ready to change. To begin moving forward toward a healthy, dynamic life:

  • Decide which benefits would most help improve your quality of life
  • Analyze obstacles that have sabotaged previous efforts to change
  • Examine the reasons why  part of you does not want to change
  • Consider the long term results of your current behavior. Think about how painful your life may become if you do not take steps to improve your health & manage Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Seek support from a knowledgeable, caring Wellness Coach or support person that can help you develop an action plan.
  • Check out www.diabetesdailypost.com for education & resources.

2. Contemplation is the stage where you intend to change an unhealthy behavior within the next 6 months, but are experiencing ambivalence. Methods of moving forward from contemplation to preparation may include the following:

  • Make a list of benefits & actions to be taken in order to achieve those benefits.
  • Examine the downside of giving up old behaviors for new, healthier behaviors.
  • Work with a Wellness Coach to develop & achieve small goals that will help you to become more knowledgeable & confident in your ability to change.

3. Preparation shows that you intend to change a behavior within the next 30 days. In order to move forward from this position:

  • Make a written statement of your commitment & set a start date.
  • Examine & write down your personal motivators, obstacles & strategies to cope.
  • Brainstorm with your Wellness Coach to develop an action plan of small, realistic goals that will move you forward.

4.  If you are taking action & making changes to control your Type 2 Diabetes or any other behavior:

  • Continue making gradual changes & setting achievable goals.
  • Anticipate possible lapses & develop strategies to cope before the situation arises.
  • Avoid high-risk situations.
  • Do not get trapped in an all-or-nothing mentality regarding healthy habits. If you relapse, start over. All successful people encounter temporary setbacks.
  • Continue seeking support & guidance from your Wellness Coach.

5. Maintenance occurs when your new behavior has become a habit. Enjoy your new healthy, DYNAMIC life!

  • Stay focused on your personal motivators to avoid slipping back into old habits.
  • Celebrate your success by developing a system of ongoing rewards, like a new outfit, an outing with friends or maybe even a 6 day Caribbean cruise sponsored by www.diabetesdailypost.com which sails on January 7, 2013 to provide diabetes-related  education, inspiration,  & FUN!
  • Look for a variety of ways to improve wellness & enjoy the process.
  • Stay aware of possible lapses.
  • Share your dedication to health with others.
  • Stay connected with  www.diabetesdailypost.com, your Doctor, Wellness Coach & other sources of ongoing education & support.

(Source Wellcoaches Corporation)