ADKAR Change Model

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ADKAR Model for Personal Transformation

First, think about a change you want to make in your personal life. A good example is joining a regular fitness program, which many people try but struggle to stick to for the long term. Now let's apply the ADKAR model to your changes.

  1. Awareness: Do you know you need to work out? Articles or TV reports describing the health benefits of regular fitness may raise your awareness.

  2. Desire: Do you have the motivation to start working out? Awareness is not enough to make a change; you need to make a personal decision to engage in this change based on your unique motivation.

  3. Knowledge: Do you know how to work out effectively and safely? To gain knowledge, you can hire a personal trainer, take a fitness class or subscribe to a fitness video. In order to make the change effectively, you need to know how to do it.

  4. Ability: Can you apply your knowledge of ADKAR Reinforcement, an overview of the ADKAR Change Management Model, and the people side of change to fitness? Knowing how to do it and being able to do it are very different. You may need to reschedule other commitments to make time for new activities, and you may consider working one-on-one with a counselor or personal trainer to develop your new skills.

  5. Reinforcement: Is there a way to consolidate your ability to prevent you from returning to your old habits? Perhaps you have a system for rewarding yourself when you reach certain fitness milestones. Or you may have a workout buddy who makes sure you show up to the gym regularly.


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