The third stage in the stages of change model is preparation. To prepare is “to make something ready for use or consideration.” Simply put, to prepare is to get ready for action!
Thus far, you have moved for being unaware you need to change to becoming aware - once you started to connect the dots - that your current behaviour is detrimental to your overall well-being and quality of life.
Now that you are aware your posture is a problem and you have made the connection to how it is contributing to your headaches and back pain, you need to do something about it. You’re ready to change. But wait! Is it that easy?
Step 1: Unaware of problem.
Step 2: Aware of problem.
Step 3: Problem solved?
If only it was that easy. You’re just getting started!
Now it’s time to think about how you’re going to make that change. But you’re ready. You’re taking steps in the right direction. You’ve talked to a few friends. You’ve gone online and done your research. You’ve contacted the physiotherapist your good friend recommended.
You’ve been doing some reading. Tips on how to fix your posture at work. You’ve even made some adjustments to your work station. Youtube videos. Instagram posts. You’re seeing a lot of information out there. Almost to the point of excess. The problem now is that there is too much information to the point of confusion.
You made an appointment with the physio, but then you cancelled it. The week got too busy or something more important came up. This is common for people in the preparation stage. Taking the steps, but failing to follow through. You’re still ready and in the coming weeks you’ll be more successful.
Get ready for action!