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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 31

As we continue our exploration of the Stages of Change, in this volume we want to take a deeper look at the transition from the Planning Stage to the Action Stage. We have reached this point of transition once we have realized that a change in our lives is necessary and/or desirable and we are now gathering pertinent information and assessing it to assist us with the plan for action. The Risk-Reward Analysis tool that we mentioned last week is as follows: Suggested decision: Should I begin an exercise program?


No Change


  • I don't have to change anything.

  • I don't have to get up earlier.

  • I don't have to exercise after work.

  • I can sleep later in the morning.


  • I continue to feel tired.

  • I will definitely need to start medication for my blood pressure.

  • My weight may continue to increase.




  • I will feel better

  • I may lose weight

  • I may not need medication for my blood pressure if I can lose weight.


  • I have to change my schedule.

  • I hate to exercise.

  • I don't want to shower twice in one day.


This tool allows for a pictorial presentation of the advantages and disadvantages of the intended action. The items in the "advantages of no change" box are the obstacles that will interfere with our desired change. For the desired change to be intentional, these obstacles need to be in the forefront of our planning.

Additionally, for the desired change to be successful it needs to fit with our personal meaning and purpose of life. Our meaning of life is how we define ourselves, our intentions and our purpose being the discipline to accomplish our meaning.

Armed with this information and insight we may want to finalize our plan to ensure that it is S-Specific, M-Measurable, A-Attainable, R-Relevant and T-Time-Based (SMART).


Key Takeaways

  • Change is not easy.

  • Change requires intentionality.

  • S.M.A.R.T. plans create successful plans.

Best Practices

  • Use the Risk-Reward Analysis.

  • Take the necessary time needed.

  • Clarify personal purpose and meaning of life.

Things to Limit

  • Over emphasizing feelings of defeat.

  • Negative Thinking

  • Underestimating barriers.


Quote of the Week

“Always make decisions that prioritize your inner peace.”

~ Izey Victoria Odiase


In summary, now may be the time to change practices, actions or thinking that do not add to our personal sense of engagement and effectiveness. By using the Stages of Change model as a reference point for decision-making, we expand the possibility of being successful and living a more resilient life.

Be well,

Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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