In this stage, people are dipping their toe in the idea of changing. They are ambivalent toward the change. In other words, they are juggling the obstacles to change or the loss they will experience with change, as well as the reasons why the change would benefit them.
You will often see these people jump into a crash diet one day, and fall back into their old ways a few days later. The main reason why people fail who are in this stage is that the fast food, chocolate, or cigarettes they are trying to give up meets a need for them that goes much deeper than satisfying their taste buds. Fatty, sugary foods, or cigarettes can be someone’s coping mechanism for a deeper issue. If the underlying need that these foods or behaviors are helping the person deal with isn’t met, then they will likely go back to french fries, coco-puffs, or cigarettes.
Considerations at this stage are the obstacles and the advantages. A person should take time to consider obstacles they may face by changing, and think about strategies to over come them. They need to ponder things or people that will help them make change as well. Creating a pros and cons list about changing and not changing can help people discover what their personal barriers to charge are.