You’ve made it to 2019, and this is the year you exercise more, eat healthier, quit smoking, save more money or some other laudable personal goal. Except, that’s what you said last year and your New Year’s resolution didn’t make it past Groundhog Day. This year is different though. We’re giving you scientifically-researched advice that can actually help you make those resolutions stick. Start tiny What if I told you that doing the bare minimum is the key to keeping your New Year’s Resolution? It might sound too good to be true, but science backs it up. In 2012, Stanford behavioral scientist BJ Fogg gave a TED Talk outlining the simplest and yet (for some people) most effective way to cement new habits. His philosophy is rather than focusing on a big, vague goal — like losing weight — you put your energy towards completing small, easy tasks every single day that add up to making a difference. In order to do that consistently, you need to: Be motivated to do it; Have the ability to do it; and Find a trigger that reminds you to do it. Counting on motivation is hard because it can fluctuate every day. Rather than trying to stay motivated to complete a big task, it’s easier to find a small one that always feels attainable. If you want to get fit but have never done a single push-up, committing to do 10 every day will feel daunting or impossible. Instead, try completing one push-up… [Read full story]
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