Your best New Year’s resolution

According to statistics, one third to one half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year. We vow to eat healthier, exercise more, and save more money, but some important considerations may be overlooked in the process. Today’s Women in Business Wednesday blog post takes a look at making personal policies.

A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal explained the concept of personal policy further:

“In one experiment, 30 women, ages 22 to 53, undertook a 10-day wellness challenge involving goals like exercising more and eating more healthily. The women were divided into three groups: One was asked to use the “I don’t” strategy, another the “I can’t” strategy, and a third (the control group) was simply told to say no to temptation.

While only 10% of the “I can’t” group stuck with their goal, 80% of the “I don’t” group were still using the strategy successfully 10 days later. Lead researcher Vanessa Patrick, professor of marketing at the University of Houston, suggests that when a refusal and a policy involve someone’s personal identity—”I’m someone who doesn’t skip the gym”—it can improve self-control and encourage you to stick to a goal.”

New YearYour best New Year’s resolution could be to create your own policies that state “I don’t‘ instead of “I can’t” or “I really shouldn’t“, but that’s not always easy.

Because many of us grow up to be people pleasers, we’ll do almost anything to be agreeable and keep others happy. Underneath it all, we believe that saying “no” will cost us, says Albany Med Cardiologist Dr. Suzie Mookherjee.

To help WBC members start the year on the right foot, she will discuss the topic at her upcoming luncheon presentation, Speaking the Truth: The Power of Authenticity (click here for more info). We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Here’s to you and a happy, healthy new year!


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