Change: To make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/change
It’s not in till I looked at the changes I wish to make within my own life that I realised how complex change can be. One change which appears to be quite simple does in fact have several stages. I have chosen to focus on increasing my physical health, which can be broken down into 2 parts to make it easier to manage those being: • Exercise regularly
• Maintain healthy diet
It is important to carry out an assessment of needs and potential risks involved; one way of doing this could be to use Force Field Analysis Force Field Analysis was developed by Kurt Lewin, and can be used to show the forces for change as well as the forces against change thus helping you to be able to clearly see the positive reasons for making the change and the possibly issues that you may need to overcome. Below is my force field analysis with the main change I wish to make and the 2 section that I have further broke it down to
The force field clearly shows other issues that I am facing that could need to be addressed as well in order for the change to be possible and permanent, such as low self esteem.
Clear targets/goals are needed in order to make change; one way of achieving this is to follow the acronym SMART. The table below explains the acronym and gives details of the goals I have set for myself.
|What is SMART? |What are my goals? | |What is it that I/you wish to | Specific |Increase the amount of fruit I eat, and decrease the amount of chocolate I eat. | |achieve | | | |Changes observable or |Measurable |Food Diary for accurate recording, so I can keep track for my progress. | |detectable | | | |It must be possibly |Achievable |I believe it is possible, there are no financial and few social difficulties with | | | |this small change. | |Goals of value or importance |Relevant |I am motivated to make this change; I want to feel the benefits of being healthier. | |End date |Time-bound |Review of Food Diary in 4 weeks to see if I have achieved eating more fruit and less| | | |chocolate. |
Appropriate support plays a large part in any changes that we wish to make, the support I will require will mainly come from my family and co workers, who I hope will encourage me and not tempt me with delicious chocolate cakes. They may also need to be patience and understanding. As for outside agencies I am finding the NHS Change4Life site very helpful. Being fully prepared and able to plan ahead will help too. To ensure my success I will need the basic tools such as diary, pen, and a varied supply of fruit (to keep it interesting). Perhaps the most support I have is in my own desire to increase my physical health. In short I am ready to make this...