Making changes isn’t as black and white as my blog might make it seem. Change is a process, and doesn't happen as simply as striking through a resolution on your notepad. The Stages of Change model (Prochaska and DiClemente, 1994) acknowledges this and outlines 5 steps in the process:
Ironically, 100 Resolutions taught me to be ok with these moments of stasis. Though I started my blog as a way to re-gain control after cancer treatment, I learned a lot about the things I can’t control. The Stages of Change model tells me that accepting this is just a part of the change process.
It may seem hypocritical, or even fickle, to make contradictory resolutions. But, I see it as evidence of the lengthy, circular process of implementing change. Some days I aim for the sky and go for a run. Others, I sit at home and blog about how the couch is a perfectly good place to be.
Guess which night tonight was?