stages of personal change + the unexpected shape of success



You broke your resolution. That’s ok.
You are not a loser.

Regression is a stage of personal change.

The first stage: Precontemplation.
When you’re living in the dark.
You have yet to come to consciousness
Or admit that anything’s wrong.
Denial is not just a river…yadda yadda.

The second stage: contemplation.
You are aware of the problem and ponder it.
(See you ponder. Ponder, ponder.)

The third stage: preparation/determination.
You’re committed, dammit! You vow
To shake the world.

The fourth stage: action/willpower.
You’re changing! You are! Except maybe
Not so much
(This is often the shortest of the stages.)

The fifth stage: maintenance.
You embed the change into your life
And avoid relapse.
(Or not.)

The sixth stage: um, relapse.
The cigarette. The cake. The inappropriate lover.
(Don’t judge the ones who sin
differently than you do.)

Take a breath.
Figure out what triggered the behavior.

Begin again.

You are not
back where you started
But somewhere higher
With a deepened understanding of yourself.

Success is not a straight line.
It is a spiral.

And the spiral is the ancient symbol
Of evolution

And the divine.

Jan 10, 2013

5 comments · Add Yours

O how I love this! I do believe that it is constant re-beginning that is the key to success.


i love this! you are so inspiring!


Could not agree more and I love the way you said it.


The Divine Golden Mean. Adore the form, shape, and message of this. Of all the feel-good rational of slipping on transformation, this is one perspective I’ve never come across. It’s a lovely gift.


I KNOW THOSE STAIRS! From the Vatican City museum, right? I was there this summer!


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