knew you

How are those New Year resolutions coming along?  Although the general idea is good, the lofty, dreamy, laundry list is, typically, a set-up for failure.  However, overall consistent goal setting & self-improvement are certainly positive & worthwhile.

The article “The Secrets of Self-Improvement” (pg 38-43) from Scientific American Mind (March/April 2012) gives excellent tips & thoughts on reaching goals (verbatim bullet points below)…a bit of proven “I knew that” common sense.

  • maintain realistic expectations
  • find what motivates you
  • take baby steps
  • formulate action plans

Additional thoughts for success via the article:

  • “overcoming external challenges has less to do with willpower than with specific coping skills…” (ie. predict what may trip you up & have a plan ready)
  • making a new behavior automatic = lasting behavior change
  • try a number of tactics to find what works best

Parents, consider another point – use behavior techniques to prepare kids for decision-making off the cuff.  Practicing automatic responses, based on knowledge, values & morals, in preset scenarios will give kids tools to stay on their goal track.

“Too many people overvalue what they’re not & undervalue what they are.”  ~ Malcolm Forbes

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