My blog entry regarding new years resolutions caught the attention of someone at CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – and I was invited in to briefly discuss the topic of resolutions and why we fail. (Thank you very much, by the way.) It aired yesterday at 9:15am on the CBC News Morning Show with host Suhana Merharchand.
For those of you who missed it, here is a quick summary of the relevant points:
- We fail N.Y. resolutions because of the pressure we create for ourselves to change our life dramatically, often in the heat of the moment
- We have a lack of planning of the details of how to carry out our new goal
- We have a lack of confidence in achieving large goals, and often give ourselves permission to fail quite easily
What can we do?
We need to understand how our brain works, how our emotions work. PPP – the Pleasure-Pain Principle really affects us. Also we should understand that intrinsic motivation (from inside) is stronger than extrinsic motivation (pressure from others) to achieve goals.
Use BEST goals to help organize yourself. Believable, Enthusiastic, Specific and Time-limited.
Finally small achievements in goal-setting year-round build competence and confidence in yourself. I suggest calling them N.Y. Expectations – what do you expect to happen in 2008, based on your lifestyle in 2007?
For more info please download a free copy of ‘Achieving Goals’ Ebooklet. Any problems downloading let me know and I will email to you directly.
Thank you and have a great week/month/year!