The start of a new year is always a time of reflection and a redoubling of purpose and goals. There is also no shortage of advice from all sources on the best ways to keep your resolutions for the year. It can be hard to parse the details and figure out what works. Bottom line: what works for you is what “works” and that might not be something that works for the guy or gal next to you.
In a recent piece from The New York Times, we learn that sticking to our goals is not about “willpower” or the lack thereof. Our brains will always be fighting with us when we try to exert “self-control” to stick to our goals and make us feel miserable. Instead, it is the emotions we feel, emotions like gratitude and compassion, that make it easier to discipline ourselves when confronting unpleasant tasks. When your piping progress has got you down and seems like a chore, think about those feelings that can help you be more patient.