The Science of Willpower

It’s Sunday morning, and I am not hungover. And I am being productive. Holy cow this is awesome!

Anyhow, following are some of my cliff notes from a TED Blog post on why it is so hard to stick to resolutions:

1) “People come up with resolutions that don’t reflect what matters most to them, and that makes them almost guaranteed to fail…The kind of New Year’s resolution that works is when you start really slowing down and asking yourself what you want for yourself and your life in the next year. What is it that you want to offer the world? Who do you want to be, what do you want more of in your life? And then asking: “How might I get there? What would create that as a consequence?” When you start from that point of view, then New Year’s resolutions can be incredibly effective.”

2) “Any tips for how to find those big things and then narrow them down to specific resolutions?

A very practical way is to ask: At the end of 2014 — on January 1st, 2015, looking backwards — what are you seriously going to be grateful that you did?”

3) “So on those things you feel like you should be doing — the going to the gym or the quitting smoking — is there a way to build your willpower towards those things?

One of the things I always encourage people to do is to not try to do things alone, and to start outsourcing their willpower a little bit. If it’s exercising, you should be doing it with a family member, a friend, a co-worker.”

At a later date I am going to go back in and throw in my 2 cents to the above. For right now I have to go to yoga/krav maga classes. One of my other year long resolutions…

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