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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