ARIA - 4 Stages of Change 

  

What is ARIA - The 4 Stages of Change?


The Path4Change ARIA Model is systems-based approach for making changes in your life, using positive psychology and behavioral activation techniques. The name ARIA is an acronym that represents the 4 stages of change, with each stage having two components. The four stages of change are:

Awareness/Acceptance
Resilience/Resistance
Inspiration/Intention
Action/Accountability

The top part of each stage is seen as the exploratory component of ARIA - Awareness, Resilience, Inspiration and Action. The lower part of each stage corresponds with a regulatory component of the stage - which we fondly refer to as the “reality check.” These are represented by the areas of Acceptance, Resistance, Intention and Accountability.

ARIA will help you find new creative ways to improve yourself while help you uncover your hidden strengths and abilities. In each stage you can explore new alternatives and techniques to enhance your daily efforts in self awareness, resilience, interaction with others and goal achievement.  It is a revolutionary approach to navigating the stages of change.

ARIA helps to highlight choice points along the path so you can decide your best response for a particular goal or problem. This allows you to be proactive, to know and choose your optimal response within your current situation, and not just react without reflection. Your actions taken can be examined within the context of what truly matters most to you, based on your personal goals, values and internal motivation. By keeping these clearly in mind, it is easier to mindfully choose your best response each and every day of your life.

How to Create Change with ARIA

Within the four stages of change the following questions can be explored:

Awareness/Acceptance
What do I Want, Wish or Hope for in my life?
What do I need to face at this time?
Resilience/Resistance
What could I do with my current resources?
What am I doing that is currently hindering my progress?
Inspiration/Intention
Why change? What is my motivation for change?
What am I willing to commit real energy and effort to obtain?
Action/Accountability
What specific action can I take?
How will I measure and learn from this action?

As a systems-based approach ARIA can be used repeatedly, and improves your ability to solve problems the more you use it. Apply ARIA to a significant life change, or a relatively minor life decision.  Here are just a few of the ways ARIA can be used to help you flourish and grow:

  • Increase your awareness of who and where you are
  • Help you identify where you want to be
  • Identify beliefs, feelings and behaviors that help or hinder
  • Amplify your motivation to complete goals or tasks
  • Skillfully manage your ambivalence and fear
  • Promote continued commitment through intrinsic motivation
  • Reduce the risk of returning to your starting point
  • Provide a system to empower you to take action
  • Promote continued commitment by providing accountability

Balance and Harmony in the Change Process

Each stage in the ARIA model contains two complementary, interconnected, and interdependent aspects of change. In Chinese thought this is referred to as yin-yang, two opposing but not adversarial forces that give rise to each other as they interact. The components in each stage of change invite a dialog between the two aspects of yourself, your Identity and your Daimon.

These psychological forces, one conscious and the other transcendent within you, are distinct yet complementary. To reach the best possible outcomes in your life, your Identity must work in harmony with your Daimon. By integrating these two aspects of yourself, a flow state can be achieved that continuously balances and rebalances your body, mind, emotions, and spirit as you choose the best virtues and actions to take in the world.

Your Best Self - Integration of the Conscious and Unconscious

The integration of both your Identity and your Daimon will help you actualize your Best Self or Authentic Self. Your Identity (your conscious self or ego) is your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; how you are showing up moment to moment. Your Daimon (your unconscious self, muse, or genius) inspires you with possibility, creativity, potential and purpose. The Daimon helps in developing your character and virtues from your day to day experiences, helping you to stay on track to reach your larger purpose in life. It is what transforms normal, everyday experiences and actions into something magical and transcendent. This has a multiplying effect on your Identity (thoughts, feelings and actions) and creates a powerful internal motivation to focus on what is important to achieve. Together they lead to a life well lived, with goals and values, vitality and purpose used to serve in the world, through choices that reflect personal excellence and moral virtue. 

Your Eudaimon or Authentic Self, is achieved by knowing who you are, and what you are destined to become. Then any goal or activity you set for yourself will be easier, more enjoyable and you will have greater success in achieving it because of the clarity, motivation and focus brought by your heart’s desire. As you develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of your inner self, you will uncover the areas of yourself that may have prevented your emotional growth and discover your true potential.

Your Eudaimon  

Your Eudaimon or Authentic Self, is achieved by knowing who you are, and what you are destined to become. Then any goal or activity you set for yourself will be easier, more enjoyable and you will have greater success in achieving it because of the clarity, motivation and focus brought by your heart’s desire. As you develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of your inner self, you will uncover the areas of yourself that may have prevented your emotional growth and discover your true potential.

Who Created ARIA?

The ARIA framework was created by Path4Change founder Dan Kimball, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified  Coach in three different areas. Dan has over 30 years experience in the helping profession. ARIA was developed in 2012 based years of clinical work in Inpatient and Outpatient programs, residential settings and in private practice. The ARIA model is now offered online as an action-oriented, goal-focused, problem-solving approach to driving change.

What is The Optitron?

To make it easy to follow, an interactive tool called the Optitron has been created, to completely explain each area of change, along with the character strengths and actions that can be used for each area. Each stage builds from the inner to outer stages of growth, and reflects both inner and outer motivation. It is represented in a hexagonal diagram we call the Optitron. The four stages of ARIA move outward from the center of the hexagon in a visual representation of growth.

Each stage includes six of the 24 character strengths outlined by positive psychology. Each character strength is color coded to indicate which of the six Virtues it represents: Wisdom is purple, Transcendence is blue, Courage is red, Temperance is green, Humanity is orange, and Justice is yellow. Each character strength is color-coded to indicate which of the six Virtues it represents. The ARIA roadmap will help you identify the action you need most at a given moment in your journey. The Optitron will help you identify the action you need most at a given moment in your journey. This makes it an action-oriented, goal-focused, problem-solving approach to driving change.