I had the pleasure and privilege of doing a Wellness Workshop at OverDrive this week, a company in Cleveland that puts health and wellness at the top of their priority list for their employees. I could not have been more impressed with all of the amazing programs they have in place! During the training, I said I’d make this Decisional Balance worksheet available for download, and I am a woman of my word! I hope it is a helpful tool in determining what habits/behaviors to focus on replacing.
No one truly loves change. It’s human nature. We are much more comfortable when life feels like our favorite old chair. It’s soft, broken-in, and over time has been molded perfectly for your body, like memory foam. However, there are time in our lives when change is needed and sometimes, inevitable.
Decisions can be hard because everyone wants to hold on to how things are; and old habits die hard. Making a decision could mean moving out of one’s comfort zone, changing a routine that basically runs like clockwork, or, breaking a habit that is so engrained, even thinking about life without it creates anxiety. But, this decisional balance tool will help push you towards that action stage.
Think about this: If someone offered you 1 million dollars to make this change for one day, would you do it? How would it be different if there was no payment involved?
While completing the decisional balance exercise below, ask yourself: What do I stand to lose and gain by continuing my behavior? Once completed, this decisional balance worksheet/exercise can help you “hang on” to your plan in times of stress or temptation. Looking back at what you wrote on this decisional balance table will help you remember why the decision was made in the first place! There was a reason why you decided to make this decision/change, because the benefits of changing outweighed the costs.
Now that you’ve weighed the advantages, disadvantages, and created a possible replacement behavior, it’s time to make the decision. Will making that change improve your life and the lives of those you love? Is it the best decision for you in your life and under your current circumstances? What will this decision do to enhance your life? Even though it might be hard, you must believe you have the ability and strength to make a change. You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way!