In this series on going vegan, we are learning about change. So far in covering the Transtheoretical Model of Change, we have discussed pre-contemplation (ignorance) and contemplation (waking up). The next step in this change theory is:
Preparation: After contemplating a behavior for any period of time, the person is now preparing to make a change in the near future. The action(s) the person is willing to take may be big or small steps. Preparation can include buying supplies, mentally preparing, etc. I believe the mental preparation is an essential component to your success.
For example at the age of 36, I began preparing to become a vegan. I set a deadline and gave myself two months to prepare. I researched the lifestyle, read books, talked to people and ate one last steak. Yes, I did. (By the way, I don’t regret this because I did what I needed to do to fully embrace this lifestyle. Anyone that knows me will tell you I’m committed 100 percent.)
What do you need to do?