Train Your Brain to Keep Resolutions
Why do so many of us have trouble keeping our New Year's Resolutions? Certified Emotional Intelligence Consultant, Susan Zabriskie says that typically, we set New Year’s resolutions from the perspective of what’s wrong with us. We look at our deficiencies. She had some steps you can take to train your brain to keep those resolutions for good!
We focus on weaknesses, fear, being "realistic," or dwell on what happened in the past and what went wrong.
Sympathetic nervous system:
The good news is that we can take the opposite approach and stimulate a neural pathway that will work for us rather than against us. This approach focuses on envisioning our strengths first, then contemplating our ideal self, our aspirations and dreams. What we really want to be, to learn, to realize. Thinking in these terms arouses the:
Parasympathetic nervous system:
Key is to spend time imagining our self as our ideal, with our goals already achieved.
Important point: This is true for personal goal setting as well as employee development plans that focus on “fixing” deficiencies. Employees will be much more motivated and engaged if working towards ideals, rather than fixing weaknesses.
- Think in terms of launching a learning agenda for yourself rather than an “improvement plan” and set goals around what it is you want or need to learn in order to achieve your ideal.
Create a step-by-step plan, breaking goals down into doable increments
IMPORTANT: Don’t call it a resolution or a goal. Think of it as “intentional change”.
Remember to stay focused on the positive and ideal – your brain will kick into a gear that is empowering and make it that much easier to achieve success!
To find out more about what Susan has to say click here.