As Lao-tzu said in 604 BC, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” While this might be true, research suggests that after that step, there are stages of change individuals go through to achieve their goals. In this newsletter, I present a stages of change model that can be applied to any change you may want to make. One big journey is completing graduate school.
Prochaska and DiClemente (1977) developed a model of change that, while applied to stress management, depression, and smoking cessation, I believe can apply to any change that we seek. The model describes five stages: Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, and Maintenance.
How does this model apply to graduate school completion? You may have procrastinated with writing a literature review, or held off on getting statistical consultants. What stage are you in now? How can you move to the next stage and get your needs met? I invite you to apply this thinking (and the techniques to get you to the next level) to any endeavor you choose, from personal, relationships, academic, and career.
To a better you and goal competition in 2012!
Statistics Solutions Team
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