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Making a Change for the Better. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Why Should I Change?. Feel better Reduce cost of medical care Keep you here for your loved ones Prevent complications you don’t want. Easier to Start New Habit Than Change Old. Successful Change.

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making a change for the better

Making a Change for the Better

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service

why should i change
Why Should I Change?
  • Feel better
  • Reduce cost of medical care
  • Keep you here for your loved ones
  • Prevent complications you don’t want
successful change
Successful Change
  • Be specific about what you want to do
  • Make a plan
  • Set a time for action
  • Write it down
  • Ask for help from others
  • Monitor progress
plan rewards
Plan Rewards
  • Write down possible rewards up front
  • Make worthy of the effort
  • May need small rewards all long to keep motivated
helping joe change
Helping Joe Change
  • The situation: Doctor wants Joe to eat less fried food so his weight will go down
  • Present situation: Joe eats fried food at least twice a day.

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what specifically is joe s goal
What specifically is Joe’s Goal?
  • Joe will eat more baked, boiled and broiled food instead of as much fried food.
how will joe do it
How will Joe do it?
  • Joe will have baked potatoes instead of fried.
  • Joe will have baked or broiled meat, chicken or fish.
  • Joe will have cereal instead of fried eggs and bacon.
who will support joe
Who Will Support Joe?
  • Joe asks his wife not to fix fried food that week.
  • Joe asks his friends to go to a restaurant where he can order food that is baked or broiled.
how will joe know if he did it
How will Joe know if he did it?

Joe will keep a food diary of what he eats for a week.

how will joe reward himself
How will Joe reward himself?
  • Joe will work a half hour on his wood working hobby each time he skips the fried food.
  • If he doesn’t have fried food for one week, he will go to a movie.
what do you want to change
What Do You Want to Change?
  • Write it down specifically what you want to change
  • How will you do it?
  • Who will you need to ask for support?
  • How will you know you did it?
  • What will be your reward(s)?
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