Created by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and Charlson Meadows.

Sample Goals

Below are examples of goals for each stage of readiness.

Precontemplation

  • I will keep an open mind and heart about the change I desire, revisiting it and learning more about it on a regular basis.
  • Or you can borrow Prochaska's encouraging words: I will acknowledge that I feel hopeless now and that this is a natural reaction. I will also acknowledge that change is possible and think about what I need to do to start the process.

Contemplation

  • I will read and consider recommendations about my intended lifestyle change.

Preparation

  • I will identify a trusted friend or family member and share my intentions for improvement with him or her.

Action

  • I will walk more.
  • I will find and regularly attend an anger management class.
  • I will spend each Saturday morning with my family of friends, doing an activity of their choosing.
  • I will buy cleaning products that are safer for my family and the environment.

Maintenance

  • I will continue my regularly-scheduled volunteer activities.
  • I will continue my regularly-observed meditation time. I will also begin carving out some personal relaxation time each week.
  • I will continue my regularly-scheduled self-exams and begin writing down any questions I have for my doctor.
  • I will continue my daily after-dinner walk, challenging myself to go farther in the same amount of time.

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