7 science-based strategies to boost your willpower and succeed with your New Year's resolutions
Starting small and building on the same leads to early success. Our good habits also have a way of spreading in other areas, if sustained long enough.
Example: Avoiding sugar and gradually succeeding in it, builds willpower to moderate caffeine intake.
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93% of us set new year resolutions, with the common themes being about losing weight, eating better, starting an exercise regime, or saving money.
Research shows that 45% of people fail within the first two months.
Why we set our goals matters. If it is out of fear or social expectations, then they are not going to last.
Authentic values are what helps achieve our goals, as there is a never-ending supply of willpower when we are doing what aligns with our innermost core.
Resolving that you won't have any alcohol keeps the focus on the alcohol. Instead of focusing on what you don't want to do, focus on the positive aspect, like drinking more water.
Use gratitude and other positive emotions to steer your mind out of any pitfalls.
Changing your environment helps you keep away from temptations and the risk of falling out of your commitments.
For example: If you have candy near your desk, you are more likely to eat it.
There will be obstacles and sudden changes in circumstances that will hamper our self-commitments.
Have alternatives and back-up plans in such cases, to avoid indulging in something sinful or skipping your workout. Anticipate situations that may occur to help yourself formulate an alternate way.
Visualizing your rewards and consciously feeling euphoric about them improves your chances of engaging in the actions that result in those developments.
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... is the ability to regulate and alter responses in order to avoid undesirable behaviors, increase desirable ones, and achieve long-term goals.
A lack of willpower is not the only factor that affects goal attainment.
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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...
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.
One potential problem when changing behaviors is that we're too often motivated by negatives such as guilt, fear, or regret.
... not an event. The transtheoretical model (TTM) presupposes that at any given time, a person is in one of five stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance.
Each stage is a preparation for the next one, so you mustn't hurry through or skip stages.
At this stage, you have no conscious intention of making a change. People in this stage tend to avoid reading, talking, or thinking about unhealthy behavior. However, their awareness and interest may be sparked by outside influences.
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