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Precontemplation

Precontemplation is when we recognize that a problem exists but we don’t consider it comes from our behavior.

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Contemplation

Contemplation is when we recognize that problem might have something to do with us, but we aren’t quite ready to do anything about it.

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Preparation

Preparation is when we recognize that the problem is coming from our behavior and we are considering taking steps to change.

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Action

Action is practicing what we have learned in Preparation about how to change our behavior to reduce the problem. The repetition of these actions will build good habits.

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Maintenance

Maintenance is when you practice the actions enough to keep you out of the problem.

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Repeat

Repeat is when we slip back into the behavior that caused the problem. It’s disappointing, but it helps us see where those pitfalls are and learn how to best
avoid them.

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