By Dr Andree Swanson
Another new year and guess what I received in the mail? Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, 24-hour Fitness and a whole slew of advertisements that weigh in on (no pun intended) those people who believe in the power of the New Year’s Resolution. While surfing Facebook, a family member posted that she had to park a mile away from the gym. In a month, parking will return to normal.
To affect change, you must change your behavior. Norcross, Ratzin, and Payne (1989) conducted a study on 213 adults who made New Year’s resolutions. “Successful resolvers were also found to report employing significantly more behavioral strategies and less self-blame and wishful thinking than unsuccessful resolvers” (Norcross, Ratzin, & Payne, 1989, Abstract).
Consider creating a vision board, instead of making New Year’s resolutions. This is not only fun to make, but can be a constant reminder of your focus for the year. (I used to do this on a large post-it note on my wall).
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Here are some tips on how to proceed with your Vision Board.
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To learn more about creating a vision board, visit:
Norcross, J. C., Ratzin, A. C., & Payne, D. (1989). Ringing in the New Year: The change processes and reported outcomes of resolutions. Addictive behaviors, 14(2), 205-212.