The science of New Year’s resolutions and willpower
PhD Psychologist Lynn Bufka, in her article “Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick,” published on the website of the American Psychological Association, says that
“setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for.”
In an article published by Forbes, I learned that there is an emerging body of research led by Stanford University psychologists on willpower and its malleability. The researchers found that people
“performed better or worse [on tests] depending on their belief in the durability of willpower.”
This is totally in line with what I believe, that the way we speak to ourselves matters. I’ve written about this topic in relation to having a positive attitude.
What I found in the Forbes article reinforces the message for both New Year’s resolutions and, of course, for the overall Comfort Zone Shake-Up:
“You have as much willpower as you think you have, essentially. Which means that on some level, your journey toward self-improvement will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
It’s all up to us!
Statistics are coming next!
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