When you look at the model below, it's a circle, and it represents the true cyclical nature of each change we experience. On the outside ring are the six sequential and predictable stages of change. The names of the stages: Loss, Doubt, Discomfort, Discovery, Understanding & Integration, indicate the primary experience of that stage. The inside pie pieces list the thoughts, feelings and behaviors most associated with that stage. The Change Cycle™uses the colors of a traffic light to signal that the stages mirror the actions we often take at traffic lights. We know, when confronted with change, everyone goes from stage to stage in order. The Change Cycle™model is a map that depicts our human experience of each stage of change – all changes, big or small.
Won’t it be a great relief to get to the point where you can move through change situations because you know how you feel, what you want, what to expect from yourself, and what actions to take? By understanding The Change Cycle™, you can learn to better manage your life by managing the changes.