How to Crush Your Habits in the New Year With the Help of Science
Make 2019 the year you actually do all the things you want to do.
“It’s not like there’s something magical about Dec. 31,” explained Charles Duhigg, the author of “The Power of Habit.” “What is magical is our mind’s capacity to create new narratives for ourselves, and to look for events as an opportunity to change the narrative.”
"One such opportunity? January. Since most of us consider it a fresh start, Mr. Duhigg said New Year’s resolutions can be “very, very powerful” — as long as they’re backed by science, patience and planning."
- reflect on what changes would make you happiest, then picking a “theme” for your year. That way, even if a particular habit doesn’t stick, your overarching intention will
- determine your habit’s trigger. cues usually fall into one of five categories — time, location, people, emotion or ritual
- choose the form of the habit that brings you joy in the moment,” “Because if it has some immediate satisfaction, you’ll be much more likely to repeat it in the future.”
- people who exhibit the most self-control are not actually those who have superhuman willpower,” “They’re the people who are tempted the least