Stop Doing, Start Performing, Continue Achieving


Last week during a workshop at work we used the Stop, Start, Continue Framework. The purpose of the exercise was to identify the behaviours our management team wanted to stop doing, start and continue doing. The model inherently means that there are things that you are currently doing that are bad, good and that you should begin doing.

Although the model was used in a work context, it was very clear to me how it could also very easily apply to everyday life.

If I take the goal of eating healthier, for example. I can STOP choosing unhealthy snacks at night, STOP buying unhealthy snacks with my groceries. I can START preparing vegetables in advance so when I want to eat something it’s an easy choice. I can START a food journal for a week to see my eating habits and spot opportunities to improve them. I can CONTINUE having healthy lunches of home cooked meals versus frozen pre-packaged lunches.

This is a simple example, but it illustrates well a behavior modification strategy. These are all simple behavior modifications that can be easily achieved by anyone – we are not talking major life changing modifications. I think the success of any sustainable behavior change is the capacity to incorporate the change into everyday life and make little changes that are manageable. Once a little change is made you can piggyback on that change and move towards the next modification you want to make.

The STOP, START, CONTINUE is one tool to help get you to the change you want to achieve. It can be applied to any sphere of your life, whether it is personal or professional. 

There’s recap:

Identify a Goal for Behavior Change

– Think about the behaviors you want to Stop, Start, and Continue

STOP: What am I doing that isn’t working? What are the things that are not adding value?

START: What should I put in place to improve? What are the things that I am not doing that would help to improve the situation?

CONTINUE: What is working well? What are the things that are working to some extent, but could be improved with some changes?

What behavioral modification strategies have you used in the past? What has worked best for you?



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