Wow, I *cannot* believe November is coming to a close. And for those of you who participated in NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month), I have to give y’all a big pat on the back and a congratulations!
I know, I know, there’s still a day left. BUT, whether or not you crossed the 50,000 word finish line, you still walk away from this month victorious.
Because you set a goal and you worked toward it. (And that’s just as important, in my book.)
You know those stages of change? (Here’s a quick run-down if ya don’t.)
- Precontemplation–There’s no problem here. Everything is *just* fine. I don’t gotta change nuthin’.
- Contemplation–Huh, well, somethin’s amiss. I suppose I should change it…nah, maybe later. I’m tired.
- Planning–I’m gonna change this and here’s how I’m gonna do it.
- Action–I’m making the change.
- Maintenance–The change has been made and I’m sticking to it. Squee!
- Relapse–Screw it. I’m going back to the way it was. -or- Whoopsie, I goofed.
You can think of these stages as a progression. The goal is to get through them until you hit the maintenance phase. Relapse is a reversion to “pre-change levels/behaviors”, but it doesn’t mean you can’t jump back in there and head toward action again.
MOST people cycle through the stages in a non-linear fashion. That’s life. (I do it to.)
The *crucial* step is determining you’d like to make a change and then actually DOING something about it. A LOT of people never get to the doing.
I suppose this is a long-winded way of saying:
IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR NANO AND PUT WORDS ON A DOCUMENT, THEN YOU’VE FOUND SUCCESS IN THE ACTION STAGE. DON’T GIVE UP.
*steps off soap box* *throws confetti*
Now, for those of you still heading toward the finish line, you’ve got over 24 hours. Go, go, go!!!!
(Clearly, this post is for writing purposes only. Reviewing the stages of change is not meant to be medical advice or treatment in any way, but I gotta put up the disclaimer, ya know.)
And don’t forget to check out Lydia’s post on Medical Monday!
Alrighty, gang. Who went for Nano this year and how did it go?