4 Science-Based Strategies to Keep Your New Year’s Promise

4 Science-Based Strategies to Keep Your New Year's Promise

4 Science-Based Strategies to Keep Your New Year’s Promise

  • Make a plan based

  • Consider the paragraph on punishment

  • Consider an emergency

  • Get some help from your friends

Time of the year again. Champagne bottles burst, balls fall, and now  friends, family and co-workers begin to ask, “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” 

Some people like the tradition of setting goals on January 1st of each year. Others argue that this is a waste of time, as most resolutions fail by mid-March. But, in fact, there is  a logic behind joining New Year’s resolutions despite the dismal figures.

My co-workers and I have shown that there is an additional motivation to achieve our goals because we feel we can turn the pages of past failures when making new efforts on  dates like New Years, birthdays, and even Mondays. Last year I’ve wanted to kick some unhelpful habits, get in shape, or go to bed at the right time, but I didn’t. With a new beginning like a new year, you can mention these mistakes in the last  chapter and say to yourself: “It was the old me, but the new me will be different.”

It may sound crazy, but it’s useful when you can give up failure and try again. After all, you’re going nowhere if you don’t try, and many worthy goals  can be tricky to achieve the first time.

If you want to increase your chances of meeting your 2022 New Year’s resolutions, we’ve found many ways activists can help. This tactic is most useful when you have a specific target. In other words, you should avoid vague goals such as “I will exercise more” and  set specific goals such as “I will exercise 4 times a week”.

1. Make a  plan based 

Just like a signal tells a Broadway star when to go on stage, research shows that adding clues to your plan can help you remember when to act. Please indicate when and where to follow. 

 If your New Year’s resolution is to meditate 5 days a week, a plan like “I meditate on weekdays” would be too vague. However, a  plan based on cues, such as “I meditate in the office during lunchtime on weekdays,” would be appropriate.

Planning when and where you will perform your New Year’s resolutions chills your memory when appropriate and creates guilt if you pass out. (Planning a plan  and setting up digital reminders isn’t bad, either.) Detailed planning can  help you anticipate and avoid obstacles, so if you plan to meditate at lunchtime, skip the suggested lunchtime appointment.

2. Consider the paragraph on punishment

It may sound ominous, but failing to make New Year’s resolutions can come as a surprise as you face several penalties. 

(Notifying all  social media followers will increase your bid.)

But a punishment greater than shame is putting cold  cash on the table, and there is excellent evidence that arbitrary fines are a motivator of success. You can keep your New Year’s resolutions or place a bet with your friends that you will pay. Or technology can help. Sites like StickK and invite you to bet money you ought to spend on charities if you don’t achieve your stated goals. Just call the judge and set the rate.

It changes our decisions and punishments motivate more  than rewards. We are used to being fined by outsiders (government, health insurers, old associations) for our faults, but this time we are fined ourselves for doing the wrong thing. 

If you want to do well in the classroom, we assume that long, non-distractive study sessions are key. However, research shows that focusing on performance can be discouraging because it ignores a much more important part of the equation: whether you enjoy  goal pursuits.

Starting a challenging workout may seem like a great way to quickly see your progress, but research shows that incorporating a fun element can help you stick with it. 

If you are not interested in studying or exercise, it is difficult to continue. However, if you enjoy exercise or study sessions, research shows it can last longer. And in the end, this is the most important thing in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions.

3. Consider an emergency

If you deviate  from your New Year’s resolutions in any way, you can instinctively declare  a failure and throw  the towel away. Researchers call this the “replacement effect.” Here’s what it looks like: I planned to go to bed early every night, but I couldn’t stand it late one Friday to watch more episodes of Legacy. After that,  the plan was thwarted early because had already failed.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this fate. Studies show that setting  a difficult goal (such as going to bed at 10 pm every night) but giving yourself 1-2 jailbreak cards per week may be more stable than  setting hard or easy goals . Challenging goals motivate you to keep going, and the ability to declare “emergency” (instead of saying “replace”) keeps you moving forward even after a mistake.

4. Get some help from your friends

Spending time with successful people increases your productivity. line (literally or figuratively) and can show them how , as you tend to adapt to their behavioral patterns.

However, my research and research done by others show that there are far more opportunities if you  ask a successful friend directly how they achieved a common goal and try this strategy on their own .

Ironically, there is evidence that training friends with a common goal increases your chances of success. When you’re hooked on giving someone advice on how to achieve it, it boosts your confidence (why would they listen to you when you  have nothing to offer?).

It also makes you wonder what works in a way that doesn’t work the other way around. Of course,  if you don’t follow your positive words, you’ll feel like a hypocrite. 

Fortunately, keeping New Year’s resolutions with friends is fun and  another key to success.

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