It has been some time since my last posting . . . apologies to all, especially my contacts at Gurze, who have been incredibly patient with me. In addition to the extra events and travel during the month of December my family was plagued with some illness. All of this made it difficult to find the time or energy to post. When the time for New Year's Resolutions hit, I thought to myself that "doing better with my blog posts" was an excellent thought. That was six days ago, and the "thought" never crossed my mind again.
This led me to reflect for a bit on the process of change. Why do some great resolutions never materialize? I don't think it's for lack of sincerity. Many times I have sat with a client who voices the intention to change which is heartfelt and genuine, who leaves with renewed energy, and returns the following week to report lack of progress. I know my thought was sincere. What helps us translate thoughts into changed behaviors?
As we know from the study of Stages of Change Theory, in order for change to occur, the individual must have passed through the "thinking" stages of pre-contemplation and contemplation and be ready for action steps. Then too, change is more likely to occur if goals are clear and measurable, and small steps towards the larger goals are identified. Finally, it can be very helpful to state goals for change aloud and to be accountable to someone regarding progress.
So readers, I'm ready for action. I am committing myself to posting on this blog twice per week for the next three months. I hope you will keep me accountable. I would also value your partnership with me - if you have a question or an issue which you want addressed, please let me know. But even if I don't hear from you, I will do my best to meet this goal. Best wishes for a wonderful 2008! Until next time, Gail