Making significant changes in life is not easy.
When you weigh up any decision, most of us will look at the cost and benefit of the choices we can make.
This can result in confusion, as there are normally both pros and cons to making a sustainable health change.
Values are the leading principles that guide and motivate us as we move through life.
Values are statements about what we want to be doing with our life, about what we want to stand for, and how we want to be.
We all live our lives by some kind of value system.
However, the fact is most of us rarely sit down and take time to think about what is most important to us.
We need to have our values clear in our minds so that we can be in control and make important life decisions.
Clarifying your values gives a sense of freedom and is both an empowering and driving factor towards developing health goals and deciding on change.
Research indicates that success is correlated with where you sit along the continuum of readiness to change.3
Use the Stages of Behaviour Change model on page 10 to think and reflect on this for your own health goals.