According to the American Psychological Association, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising more regularly. Unfortunately, almost sixty percent of those who make resolutions give up, within the first six months. Nevertheless, chances are that if you do make a resolution, you will be ten times more likely to prevail over those without the resolve.
To succeed with your resolution, however, it is vital to pair enough emotional pain to the old behavior and enough emotional pleasure with the new behavior. For example, a smoker might imagine how good it will feel to breathe easier as well as to have more energy, freedom and pride in the accomplishment..
Having a plan is also key to any behavioral change. In that regard, the Internet affords an amazing array of self-help tools. My collection of online, “Solutions to your 2008 Resolutions” offers free software and meditation downloads for managing stress, free ebooks on weight-loss, exercise and smoking cessation, and links to other select online tools: www.SimplifiedHealth.com.