Post on: January 3, 2018.

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A fresh, vibrant new year. Make it your best yet!

Tip #1: Succeed.

This year, there will be NO head-hanging, depressed feelings of failure!

Over 88% of us fail our resolutions according to psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertsfordshire. But, not this year!

Here’s how: Resist that urge to make a list of resolutions for 2018 – just pick one!

 

When you ask your brain to focus on too many things it loses willpower. Jonah Lehrer in ‘How We Decide’ (Houghton Mifflin, 2009) describes an experiment with several dozen undergraduate psychology students in which one group was given a two-digit number to remember, and the second group a seven-digit number. Then they were presented with the choice of a bowl of fruit or a piece of chocolate cake. The students with seven digits to remember were almost twice as likely to choose the chocolate cake than those with only two digits to remember. When the prefrontal cortex in the brain is required to remember more numbers it has less energy to focus on willpower, making it harder to resist the decadent dessert. By focusing on just one resolution your brain can maximize its willpower and thus give you more likelihood of success in your resolution.

 

Decided on a resolution? Great! Now, let’s get started.

Tip #2:Write it down. Tape it on the fridge, or tell a friend.

 

Being accountable to your resolution helps you feel motivated to succeed. Let’s make 2018 your best year ever!

 

Tip #3: How to Succeed at Your Resolution – Believe You Can!

You can do it! You really can! To get there, try setting weekly goals. This will allow you to give yourself frequent pats on the back.

Remember to focus on how far you have come, versus how far you have yet to go.

Perhaps a little external motivation will help? Motivate yourself with the reward of a piece of decadent chocolate cake if you complete a week of healthy eating (…lol…I’m a believer of that 80:20 rule). Or, maybe you’ll find motivation in that new pair of yoga pants (you’ve been eyeing) once you complete your resolution to be more active.

You got this! I believe in you.

By setting one small, realistic resolution about a way to live healthier and happier, you can roll into next month holding your head high and enjoy feeling self-confidence and accomplishment.