Episode 38: Stages of Change, My boy CC

March 9, 2016
It’s Spring Break! Week #8
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Question of the day from r/college
Is college the best four years of your life?
Link to article talked about in this thread: http://www.dailycal.org/2016/03/07/the-best-four-years-lie/
Today’s Topic: Stages of Change
  • AKA The Transtheoretial Model
  • Pre-Contemplation: What, me have a problem? F*** YOU!
  • Contemplation: Okay, I may have a problem, but I ain’t doing sh*t about it
  • Preparation: Alright, I give up, time to make a change
  • Action: The change is happening, you’re feeling the positive effects
  • Maintenance: Keep it up, tweak as needed
  • Relapse: Can happen at any point, can return to any point following it
As I read the story of CC Sabathia (New York Yankees starting pitcher) and his decision to get help for his alcoholism, it reinforced how important the stages of change are when it comes to the timing of recovery, and how easy it will be to follow through on goal achievement.
Home Exercise
  • If you’re struggling to achieve your goal, confirm you are truly in the preparation/action stage when it comes to the goal you set in the beginning of the semester.
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
Week 1: Set a goal and think about it considering my 5 Factors (Passion, Value, Leverage, Accountability, Sustainability), and areas where you may need to pay special attention to (Passion).
Week 2: Think about what you need for your happiness and well-being. Consider what happiness achieving your goal will bring you. Write down your goal, and why you want it (Accountability).
Week 3: Pick one thing Zack and I talked about in the interview that will help you in reaching your goal, block out space in your calendar this week to do that one thing, and do it (Sustainability).
Week 4: Examine lack of progress more closely if needed, look at your life’s defaults through an honest lens (Value).
Week 5: Try out one of the note-taking suggestions/tips talked about in the episode in one of your classes over the next week (Accountability).
Week 6: Complete a study plan for the one midterm that is currently stressing you the most. If your goal does not relate to school, take a step back, see how you’re progressing, and re-evaluate your To-Do list (Accountability).
Week 7: Consider your “brand.” Think about how your brand could impact you as a potential employee down the road. If you are not in a position to start branding yourself now, at least write down your personal brand idea and file it somewhere you won’t forget it (Passion).
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