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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Human behavior professor explains how to make New Year's resolutions | Melody Wilding - Business Insider

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  • Melody Wilding is an executive coach, licensed social worker, and professor of human behavior.
  • She writes that even the most practical New Year's resolutions tend to bomb, often because the goal-setter has made the goals too big, gotten caught up in the holiday hype, or trying to do too much, too soon.
  • A better way to set goals you can keep, she advises, is to pick a theme for the year, aim for small wins in big goals, and decide ahead of time how you will deal with getting derailed.

There's a better way to set resolutions you'll be able to keep, writes executive coach and human behavior professor Melody Wilding.

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It's that time of year when we're likely to reflect back on the past 12 months, thinking about what went well, what didn't, and how we can do better in the New Year. Often, this goes hand-in-hand with making resolutions aimed at improving ourselves and our circumstances. 

The problem with New Year's resolutions, however, is that they're so darn hard to keep. We wake up on January 1 st with the best of intentions, lots of energy, and even a well-laid plan to tackle the resolutions, but in reality, by March most of these goals are simply a distant memory. Old habits return, and life goes on.

When we look at the psychology behind failed resolutions, there's a few reasons why even the most practical of goals tend to bomb: