How are those New Year’s resolutions holding-up? If your resolutions haven’t stuck you’re not alone. Research suggests that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are kept each year. So why is it so hard to keep a commitment, especially when it is one you make to yourself?
According to Ray Williams, author of Breaking Bad Habits, and writer of the Psychology Today article, Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail (12/27/10), most resolutions we make are to motivate ourselves, “. . . but people are not ready to change their habits, particularly bad habits, and that accounts for the high failure rate.” Many also develop what researchers call the “false hope syndrome”-our resolutions are so unrealistic that we can’t meet them and it damages our self-esteem.
So how do we keep our resolutions? First we have to understand how our brains work.
Ray Williams says, “Making resolutions work is essentially changing behaviors, and in order to do that, you have to change your thinking and ‘rewire’ your brain. Brain scientists . . . have discovered, through the use of MRI’s, that habitual behavior is created by thinking patterns that create neural pathways and memories, which become the default basis for your behavior when you’re faced with a choice or decision. Trying to change that default thinking by ‘not trying to do it,’ in effect just strengthens it. Change requires creating new neural pathways from new thinking.”
Williams lists the following ways to make your resolutions more obtainable.
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