Learning about the Six Stages of Change:
Stage 1: Precontemplation
The characteristics shaping the first stage of change, precontemplation, involve denial and/or insufficient knowledge of a behavioral challenge.
The stages of change are divided into six unique stages of behavior. The first stage of change is precontemplation. People in the precontemplation stage of change are not considering change—this is to say that a person in the precontemplation stage of change is not yet considering change in a particular behavior regardless of apparent consequence.
As trainers, we are trained to help folks identify physical and health challenges. It is our goal to work with clients whom are in the "precontemplation" stage of change by simply listening to the client's perception of current behavior and challenges. Behavior directly linked to preventative diseases such as heart disease, obesity (See Ideal Weight), and diabetes consume millions of Americans. Statistics defining direct correlation between behavior and obesity is well documented. Obesity is a preventable disease. In our experience obese individuals have the same ability to change and succeed as any other person challenged by disorder, illness, and disease.
Recognizing either denial or insufficient knowledge, we focus on a strategy of discovery. We encourage our clients to examine challenges by isolating potentially problematic behavior. Through self-analysis, and gentle coaching from an experienced coach, clients often identify behavior linked to primary challenges or concerns. Once the client identifies and accepts responsibility for behavior negatively affecting health—we begin reviewing current and possible risks associated with a particular behavior. Clients face responsible information and sort, for themselves, fact from fiction and consider if change is in their best interest.