Psychology at Work: Make your New Year resolutions stick

Resolutions can work. But you need to focus on the process of change, not just the outcome.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Earlier this week Richard Wiseman, respected psychologist and best-selling author, suggested that making New Year resolutions is a ‘pointless’ exercise. The headlines of newspapers screamed ‘don’t bother’ as Wiseman and his team had discovered that around three quarters of the 700 people they surveyed failed to stick to their resolutions. The researchers found, not surprisingly, that making last minute resolutions tends to back-fire and that following the advice of self-help gurus leads to sure-fire failure. Worse still, those who fail in their resolutions feel even more despondent than when they started. But telling us not to set resolutions is a little like telling lemmings to stay away from the cliff-edge. We can’t suppress the naïve but very human impulse to improve ourselves and make life better. So is there any hope for those of us who do set resolutions for 2010? [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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Psychology at Work: Make your New Year resolutions stick

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