Bites from Andrea: Should I Bother Setting a New Year’s Resolution or Is It Doomed to Fail?
How to Design a New Year’s Resolution That Lasts
YES you should set a New Year’s Resolution but the trick is setting a good one that will actually help you nudge towards a healthier habit. When it comes to what works to not only get you fired up to start a new habit, but also keep a healthy habit I am reminded of the book by Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do. Some time ago I listened to this book as an audiobook in my car on my drive to work and learned some very interesting things about how to make habits stick.
Specifically for setting a New Year’s Resolution follow these 5 tips described in detail in a short resource on the author’s website here: “How to Design a New Year’s Resolution That Lasts”.
TIP 1: KNOW YOUR HABIT LOOP
TIP 2: FIGURE OUT THE CUE
TIP 3: EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT REWARDS
TIP 4: ANTICIPATE THE TEMPTATIONS
TIP 5: HAVE A PLAN ie: WHEN I SEE THE (CUE), I WILL DO (A ROUTINE) TO GET A (REWARD)
Did you set a New Year’s Resolution? Let us know in the comments what you are doing to have a healthier year in the comments below.
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About Andrea Holwegner
CEO, Registered Dietitian, Counseling Practice Director & Professional Speaker
Andrea the «Chocoholic Nutritionist» is founder and CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. since 2000. She is an online nutrition course creator, professional speaker and regular guest in the media. Andrea is the recipient of an award by the Dietitians of Canada: The Speaking of Food & Healthy Living Award for Excellence in Consumer Education....Read more