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Being Human

Dec 28, 2021

Discussed in this episode: 

  • Reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail; 
  • Solutions to the roadblocks to your New Year’s resolution;
  • The five stages of making a successful change:
    • Stage 1: Precontemplation- When the reality of harmful behavior is present, but we don’t recognize it
    • Stage 2: Contemplation - When we start thinking about what making a change would look like
    • Stage 3: Preparation - Starting to prepare to make the specific change
    • Stage 4: Action - Taking action to make the specific change
    • Stage 5: Maintenance - Figuring out how to stick to the change in the long run
    • Stage 6: Relapse - Part of the change process is to fail 
  • “Perfection is only attainable through our acceptance of failure.” - Dr. Greg
  • Roadblocks to change:
    • Trying to change too many things at once;
    • Starting with a habit that is too big;
    • Focusing too much on the outcome instead of the process;
    • Not looking at the big picture;
    • Thinking small changes don’t matter
  • Solutions to these roadblocks:
    • Break down your resolution into multiple parts and realize how many things you are actually trying to change. Work on one thing at a time;
    • Break down these parts into the sizes of the goals you are trying to achieve. Begin with an easy, achievable goal;
    • Focus on behavior instead of outcome (example: going to the gym vs. losing a certain amount of weight);
    • Structure your environment to nurture change;
    • Realize that small, incremental changes will add up

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