According to a theory on behavioral change you are in the contemplation stage.
What astonished me about this stage is that it can last a couple of weeks or as long as a lifetime. Basically some of those things we contemplate never happen.
It is important to acknowledge this, especially if too many years have already slipped by with the keyboard you bought tucked in the back corner of the closet or new sports equipment gathering cobwebs in the garage.
The stage following contemplation is “preparation.”
This is the time for gathering all the needed information to make the change happen.
According to the experts, this stage is important because often people move from contemplation to action and fail.
The musical instrument is purchased without any real plan of how to learn to use it.
Golf clubs are available, but courses are not close by and memories of most recent games are of sand bunkers and water hazards due to lack of practice.
While this information might help you, I am actually writing it as a note to self.
The keyboard and golf clubs are mine.
As a child I took piano lessons and was quite good, but I quit playing to do more important things (I guess) when I entered high school.
A while ago I thought I might try to recapture some of that skill.
The golf clubs were purchased shortly before I moved from Sacramento.
I did purchase books on the game but after my last house move the box that contains them is a dim memory.
Now it may be the two goals I selected were not the right ones.
It is a good idea to determine why these life changes might be important.
Or it could be that I did not correctly complete the preparation phase.
What should be done to prepare for action? First gather information on how to make a lasting change.
I did a quick search in the internet for learning how to play golf.
The consensus is that lessons are important.
Most recommend group lessons for those on a budget.
In-between lessons the beginning golfer should practice on the range in order to “burn the techniques into muscle memory.”
Also identify barriers to change and look for things that might trigger a return to former behavior patterns.
Barriers to becoming a golfer might include the cost, time needed to schedule practice and play, and the driving distance to golf courses in the area.
The experts suggest creating a plan. To understand what this might look like I again went to the internet.
I found that it is good to write down the tasks needed to reach the goal from point A to point Z.
All the points to reach Z must be addressed such as B, C, and D.
Once steps are listed they should be ranked on a scale of 1-10 with 10 meaning the step has high value.
The steps need to be placed in order of importance and a deadline assigned for each step.
To stay accountable, create a calendar.
Now I have been contemplating many projects, goals and behavior changes.
Focusing on how to accomplish these has rekindled my resolve.
I will let you know if I move beyond the contemplation stage and take action.
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