Yes, you can keep that New Year’s resolution

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

When it comes to analyzing human behavior and offering suggestions for optimizing performance, few people are more consistently on point than Performance Management book coverAubrey Daniels. So, before you give up on that New Year’s resolution, do read his recent post, which offers both a sound diagnosis and a realistic remedy. Here is an excerpt:

“The primary mistake people make in making resolutions is that they think that changing some personal behavior or habit is simply a matter of will power or “making up your mind.” It is as if people who fail don’t grunt enough, don’t have enough resolve (how do you get more of that?), are not really serious (How can you increase your “really seriousness?).

The real mistake lies in not planning or managing consequences well. It is easy to resolve to quit drinking, lose weight, start exercising, etc. but it is harder to plan consequences that you will actually be able to self-administer to get the behavior change you seek. Therefore, the resolution is nothing more than a goal, and goals aren’t reached by grunting, wishing or talking; they are reached when you have consequences that support the behavior change.” Read more →

Vegetarian Starter Kit coverAnd if you are in need of a resolution worth keeping, may I suggest giving PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program a try? Moving to a plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your health, the environment, and non-human animals. And PCRM’s tips, recipes, and meal plans make it so easy!

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