Here’s Why New Year Resolutions Are Waste of Time – Change Your Habits

Raghuram Sukumar Career 9 Comments

Are you ready to make your New Year Resolutions? Wait a minute. Read what I have to say before you make a resolution to change a habit.

I: “Don’t make any new year resolutions.”

You:  “Why?”

I: “New Year Resolutions are Waste of time”

You: “No, I make sure I follow them”.

I: “How long can you keep up with your resolution?”

You: “Not for very Long, but I tried and made some improvement.  Something is better than nothing right?”

I: “Yeah Right”.

Do you know why, its tough to keep up with your plan, resolutions?

You have a habit, and you are used to that routine. With new year resolution you are planning to change a habit. After your enthusiasm dies, you fall back to your routine habits.

You: “So, what do you suggest, do have a different plan?”

I: “Yes, I do”.

Instead of making new year resolution, you need to learn how to change a habit.

You need to form new habits. You need to break out of your daily routine.

New Habits doesn’t come with making a New Year Resolution.

You are used to doing something. Now, you are trying to do something else by changing  what you are used to doing (routine).

Research shows, its tough (or impossible) to change your routine, right after cock turns to Jan 1.

How to change a habit

Lets look at this video

http://youtu.be/4H0fTwtPLfo

Now, you must have an idea about changing your habits and forming new habit. Charles Duhigg does a great job  of explaining the above mentioned concept in his book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

Read an excerpt from the book

Habits aren’t destiny — they can be ignored, changed or replaced. But it’s also true that once the loop is established and a habit emerges, your brain stops fully participating in decision-making. So unless you deliberately ?ght a habit — unless you ?nd new cues and rewards — the old pattern will unfold automatically.

In addition to the preview video, Charles Made this Awesome Infographic – How to Change a Habit.

How to Change a Habit

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Now, you know exactly how to change a habit.

So, instead of making new year resolution, pick 3 habits and change them.  I have The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business in my reading list.

Comments

  1. Well I do not want to change my bad habits. I have plenty of’em . But What I am, I am . No resolutions , No changes . If it happens any a day by itself , I will accept , But there won’t be any probation from my end.

  2. On a related note, if you are going to set a goal or make a resolution — consider telling no one about it. At least not for a while.

    Why? Because if you annouce your goal publicly one of two things will happen…

    Either people may criticize, ridicule and discourage you because they are threatened by your efforts to improve yourself (you know that when you put crabs in a bucket the other crabs tend to try to pull down any crab that tries to climb out, right?)…

    OR… People around you will support and congratulate you.

    WHY, you may ask, is that so bad? WHY should we be concerned about people offering us praise for taking on an admirable and ambitious goal?

    Here is the problem: The brain experiences the same satisfaction on a subconscious level from the praise received for UNDERTAKING the goal as it does from actually ACHIEVING the goal. So on some level your motivation to pursue and complete the goals may wane because you have already received the “payoff” so to speak.

    Bottom line: If you want to pursue a goal consider writing it down and posting it where you can see it (but others are not likely to notice it)… Read the goal… Say it to yourself… but otherwise consider keeping it to yourself!

    (And always make sure you construct your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. paradigm, of course.)

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