Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year, New Resolutions. Kind of

Ever watch Cupcake Wars?
New Year's resolutions are kinda like trying to resist your favorite cupcake with buttercream icing.

For us writers, resolving to do more, write more, blog more sounds good, BUT..it's like binging on those Red Velvet cupcakes with decadent frosting.
We all have busy lives, family projects, health issues and procrastination issues at times. If too ambitious, failure can result in learned helplessness. i.e., psychological traps that work against us.

My resource? http://ow.ly/WF0Vq
New Year's Resolutions: 4 Common Mistakes We Make When Setting New Goals, And How To Avoid Them

So, what kind of resolutions actually are productive? 

Here are tips from Liz Summers, life coach:  http://www.quintcareers.com/new-year-resolutions/

1) start small. Don’t say you’ll get to the gym every day if you know that’s next to impossible. Start smaller — I’ll get to the gym three times a week for a month

2) Measure your progress- journal it, give yourself a gold star on your calendar, etc. At the end of the time, assess yourself

3) Look at your Brainstorm list and decide which goals are important to you, not someone else

So, this New Year’s, rather than affirmatively saying, “I will look after my health,” be realistic and ask yourself: “Will I look after my health — yes or no?”

Williams P, Block LG, and Fitzsimons GJ. Social Influence. 2006.

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