As the old saying goes, “new year, new me”.
Or perhaps this variation is more your style? “Ok, this year I really, definitely, absolutely will lose 20 pounds, learn French, and start volunteering at the homeless shelter. I swear. No, I know I said the same thing last year, but this time I really mean it.”
Turning over a new leaf can be difficult. No matter how sure you are of success, the chances that you’ll end 2019 as some karate-kicking, Hungarian-speaking, well-rested non-smoker are only about one in 10. It’s enough to make you give up altogether – which is exactly what nearly one-third of people did at the beginning of this year.
But if one in 10 people can do it, so can you. All you need is some science-backed tips to help you along the way – and, thanks to psychologist (and quirkologist) Professor Richard Wiseman, we have just that.
Richard Wiseman’s Tips For New Year’s Resolution Success
- Don’t take on too much
“Make only one resolution,” Wiseman explains. “Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.”
- Mull it over
“Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve,” he says.
- Keep it fresh
“Avoid previous resolutions; deciding to re-visit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment,” he explains. If you must revisit a previous resolution, try a different approach – ditch “lose ten pounds” for “exercise more,” for instance.