Episode 99: Trouble Achieving Goals? A Look at Readiness to Change

March 30, 2018
Key Info for this Podcast: 
Something we used to do a lot in my days working in the community mental health field was assess readiness to change. We used a formal assessment from developed by Boston University, but that’s not needed for you to self-assess how ready you are to make a big change in your life. In today’s episode, we will look at the different dimensions that make up readiness to change, and the questions you should ask yourself in order to assess yourself. We’ll use my current goal of getting up earlier to write as an example, as it’s a change I’m currently struggling to make.
Need to Change: How much is this change necessary in your life?
  • What do you like/not like about your current situation?
  • How successful would you say you have been?
Commitment to Change: Belief that change is positive/possible/will be supported by others
  • What type of internal/external pressures do you have to change?
  • How important is it to make a change?
  • How would the change be beneficial?
  • Is changing possible?
  • Will it be supported by others around me?
Internal Awareness
  • Do you know your own preferences and interests well enough?
  • Do you know what you value? How do your values align or not align with the change you’re trying to make?
External Awareness
  • Do you have the knowledge necessary about the environment/community surrounding the change?
A word on practitioner closeness
How are you doing with your goal progress? Let me know!
Housekeeping:
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