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New Year's Resolutions: how to keep them, with a little help from the experts - BBC Three

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New Year's Resolutions: how to keep them, with a little help from the experts - BBC Three
N/A For those of you on the brink of falling off the wagon... Edwina Langley Are you doing more crunches? Cutting out kebabs? Spending less time on gaming apps? Many of us use this time of year as a period to reset. Because, 'new year, new me', right?

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The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Least Effort

A whole lot of studies show people who make new year resolutions fail to stick to them eventually (over 64 %), some after the first week of January.

The reason why we find the effort a big struggle is that we follow the law of least effort, as a natural human instinct (we tend to choose the path with the least resistance/effort)

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Don't Be Hasty

Don't Be Hasty

The 'Just do it' attitude can backfire in a new year's resolution.

Keep the research and planning on for a few weeks, do the groundwork and start slow, showing that you mean it.

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Pleasure Principle

Pleasure Principle

As we are more inclined to do things we enjoy, it is better to find some fun in what we resolve to do.

If the task is unpleasant by nature, try to cover it with your favorite music or a reward after completion.

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Use Your Failures

Use Your Failures

If you fail at something, use that experience to change your way of doing things, reviewing, analyzing and correcting your course where required.

Find the reason why something didn't work, and using constructive self-feedback, forge ahead in your resolution.

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Over-Positivity

Over-Positivity

Positive thinking is a great help in resolutions, but too much of it can backfire.

Instead of plain vanilla positive thinking, plan ahead on the upcoming obstacles that are likely to be faced, and find a strategy to nullify them with positive action.

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Break it Down

Break it Down

Instead of a big goal that seems undoable after a while, create small daily goals.

Creating small goals that are easy to do (like walking for 10 minutes per day) makes it easier to maintain your resolution, and eventually achieving bigger goals.

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Repeat

Repeat

It takes about 66 days to form a new habit, and it is done by repeating the action.

Repeating the same thing in the same situation creates a habit.

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Think Different

Think Different

You can get creative on your resolution by thinking differently, like instead of treating the goal as an alien concept that you desire, try imagining it as something that was yours, which you have now lost it, and your actions are to reclaim it now.

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Keep it a Secret

Keep it a Secret

While socially declaring your resolutions has some benefits of peer pressure and accountability, new research says it is better to keep it a secret.

Keeping it a secret acts as a psychological pusher in us to keep going.

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Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself

Do not treat yourself badly if you miss your goal. It is not easy to form new habits.

Keep going, don't give up, but don't punish yourself either for the occasional slip-up.

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For example: If you feel the cue of smoking, replace the smoking with some other activity like having a cup of coffee.

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There are no such things as secrets when it comes to personal success

Every piece of new advice you hear has been said before. The real secret lies in how well you execute the advice.  🤔

Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something.
Doing something is better than saying you’re going to do something. No one can argue with that.  🏅

Practical Tips To Make Your Resolutions Stick Even Better ⚓️

  1. Keep It Small — It’s about thinking big and acting small. You’ll achieve those big goals in time.

  2. Measure Your Progress — If you don’t measure your progress, it’s safe to say that you are not making any. 

  3. Be Accountable To Yourself — One of the most important skills you can learn in life is to be self-reliant. 

A Low Success Rate

New Year Resolutions typically show a low success rate, as 10% of them actually succeed.

The reason for this low rate might be our basic instincts and temptations: people give into te...

Willpower

If we strive to succeed it usually requires hard work. And hard work to achieve your desired goals requires willpower.
Willpower, while important, isn't the only thing required for success.

Emotions

Our emotions motivate us more than willpower.

If we are generous, fair and co-operative, we have an invaluable tool to motivate us to complete our goals. If we cultivate good character, compassion, and honesty, it leads to a better chance of success in our endeavors.