Archive for January, 2008
January 7th, 2008
For many people, the dawn of the new year is the perfect time to take stock of life… to reflect on where we are today and where we’d like to be tomorrow. New Year’s resolutions are a perfect example. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. And when we make one, we’re determined to keep it. Here are a few of the most popular new year’s resolutions in Canada and in the U.S.
The problem is that as the year wears on, the decision becomes less and less firm. We lose our resolve. It’s a classic. We’ve all been there.
Truth be told, good habits are hard to form. And bad ones are hard to break. There are lots of explanations as to why it’s so hard. Most of them relate to behavior patterns, cognitive associations and sometimes plain laziness. One group of researchers at MIT in Boston point to neural activity patterns. Whatever the explanation, one thing is clear: we all need a little help.
Lois Nightingale, PhD, has a great list of straightforward tips and tools to help people initiate changes in their lives and turn those changes into lasting habits. Check out her site. It’s definitely worth a read.
inpowr wasn’t developed specifically to help people break old habits or develop new ones, but it certainly is an excellent platform to help you along the way. By creating your game plan and confirming your actions on a daily basis, you keep your resolution clearly in mind. As you strive to maintain your commitment you can jot down your thoughts and feelings about the things that help you and the obstacles you encounter along the way.
In the near future, we’ll be adding the Community section““which will help you find out how other people have achieved success; and the Supporters section““so you can enlist the help of friends and family when the going gets rough (as it inevitably does).
Some people give up at the first sign of weakness. “You see, I knew I couldn’t do it.”
I think there’s a more positive message to give yourself:
I don’t have to be perfect, I only have to improve… little by little.
On behalf of everyone at inpowr, I wish you health, happiness, love and strength in 2008.