Actions Change Model

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Making changes and integrating new behavior into your life is not easy, but possible. Use the below exercise to develop an action plan that will help you achieve the outcomes you desire. The Actions Change Model contains 6 primary components that are important to determine before you take action. The acronym ACTIONS stands for:

A – Achievable

C – Clear

T – Time-bound

I – Intrinsic

O – Outcomes Based

N – Now

S – Support 

Each letter in ACTIONS represents an important part of the change process.

  1. Achievable: Establish realistic and attainable goals.
  2. Clear: Develop clear and specific steps to achieve your desired outcome.  
  3. Time-bound: Create a timeline with a clear beginning and end date.
  4. Intentional: Envision your future state and be clear on WHY you want to make the change, and how it will improve your life.
  5. Outcomes-based: Establish what defines success so you can measure it.
  6. Now: Ensure you are ready to make a change.
  7. Support: Create a rebound plan if you relapse, and develop your support system.  

Action Plan Exercise: This exercise will help you take a systematized approach to creating an action plan. It is important to get clear on your goals, to write them down, speak them out loud, and to envision your future state.

“You can only create in your life what you can envision in your mind.”  – Terrie Elizabeth Reeves

Take the time to think about, and to answer the following questions.

  1. What action are you ready to take:

Goal(s): ____________________________________________________

  • Why are you motivated to take action?

A – Achievable

  • Record why you think your goal is realistic.

C – Clear

  • Record specifically what you want to accomplish and how you plan to achieve it.    

T – Time-bound

  • Record a specific time-line for the start and completion of the goal.

I – Intrinsic

  • Ensure your motivation is intentional. Visualize and record why you want to achieve the goal, and how your life will be positively impacted.

O – Outcomes Based

  • Record how you plan on measuring your progress and success. 

N – Now

  • Pick a specific date to start.  

S – Support 

  • Document who will be part of your support system.
  • Record what tools and support you need to be successful.
  • Identify and document barriers that you anticipate encountering.
  • Outline your rebound plan.

You can answer these questions on your own, or consider recruiting an accountability partner to help you. If you have a coach or counselor, they should be equipped to support you in this change process.

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