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Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Well, it’s half a month into January now and I’m sure I’m similar to a lot of people who make resolutions around the start of the new year. I’ve never been a HUGE resolutions person, but that all started to change last year.

2010 is marked on my calendar as the year where I made some resolutions and really stuck to them. Before that, I have been a fair-weather resolutioner. Rarely did my commitments for change last to Valentine’s day. Needless to say, it’s been quite empowering to stick to the resolutions I made for 2010 and the act of doing so has built up my confidence and reinforced the fact for me that change is indeed very possible.

I came across an AWESOME slideshow yesterday put together by Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab called the Top 10 Mistakes in Behaviour Change (and how to fix them). I thought it quite appropriate to have a look through them as most resolutions concentrate on changing a behaviour of some sort (at least mine do). Whether that change in behaviour is to dial down a negative behaviour, or dial up a positive one- lasting behaviour change is a great skill to master!

Have a look below, great stuff!

I think some factors for success in sticking to my 2010 resolutions were because I intuitively followed a couple of suggestions in this deck. Now that I have the complete set of 10 I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can whoosh 2011!

I hope the New Year is off to a great start for everyone!

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  1. One thing that I’ve found enormously helpful has been measuring things I want to change. E.g. I use run keeper to track all my runs, and I’m now a better runner for it. I track my weight and now I’m 20lbs lighter. I’m now tracking fat mass, so I expect to see some reductions there. Thanks to I’m now better tracking my spending and reducing some unnecessary costs.

    For me, the more automated, the better! RunKeeper, Withings scale, Mint. Good times.

    I look forward to seeing your success in 2011! Success is infectious, so spread it around 🙂

  2. Good call Jon. You can’t manage what you can’t measure, right? 🙂

    I was just checking out the Withings scale in Wired Mag. Is it pretty sweet?

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