Understanding your psychology

New Year

Happy New Year!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Mine ‘collapsed’ at the weekend as ‘dry January’ turned into a bit of a shower. So, I’m altering my rules to make it ‘dry during the week and allow myself a drizzle at the weekends’! Then I don’t feel disappointed and it makes the task a bit easier.

Anyhow, point is, if your resolution has bombed like mine, just change it to something more doable – don’t do the ‘I’m a failure, I can’t even attend the gym regularly, stop drinking, stop eating, stop this and stop that’. Just change the rules and see what you CAN do.

One of the things that we need to maintain any kind of change of behaviour, is will power. Will power is like a muscle and if we don’t use it, it loses its ability to be tense and strong. When we do use it, it becomes tired, just like a muscle, and needs time to refresh itself. Therefore, if we set ourselves a list of things that require will power, we are likely to ‘fail’ at them. It’s better to choose one thing and get that underway before adding to the list, and it’s best to allow adequate time to recover from using will power. Try to pace the demands on your will power.

If you haven’t made any resolutions, that doesn’t matter one jot. You could think instead about what goals you would like to achieve in 2018 and think about short term goals too. WHAT do YOU want for this year? HOW are you going to achieve them? WHEN are you going to try?

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