Updated: Jan 30, 2022
Wondering why your New Years Resolutions often become ‘New Years Failures?’
In this video I share with you why you might have struggled in the past with achieving your goals, and what to do instead!
Looking at some of the latest research on goal setting and ‘New Years Resolutions’, I’ll take you through 3 principles you MUST keep in mind when setting your intentions for your dream life.
Olympics & Counterfactual Thinking Studies
• 1) Medvec VH, Madey SF, Gilovich T. When less is more: counterfactual thinking and satisfaction among Olympic medalists. J Pers Soc Psychol. 1995 Oct;69(4):603-10.
• 2) Hedgcock WM, Luangrath AW, Webster R. Counterfactual thinking and facial expressions among Olympic medalists: A conceptual replication of Medvec, Madey, and Gilovich's (1995) findings. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2021 Jun;150(6):e13-e21.
Self-Acceptance & Self-Improvement Goals
• Hallinan, B., Kim, B., Mizoroki, S., Scharlach, R., Trillò, T., Thelwall, M., ... & Shifman, L. (2021). The value (s) of social media rituals: a cross-cultural analysis of New Year’s resolutions. Information, Communication & Society, 1-22.
Approach vs Avoidance Resolutions
• Oscarsson, M., Carlbring, P., Andersson, G., & Rozental, A. (2020). A large-scale experiment on New Year’s resolutions: Approach-oriented goals are more successful than avoidance-oriented goals. PLoS One, 15(12), e0234097.
Superordinate & Subordinate Goals
• Höchli, B., Brügger, A., & Messner, C. (2020). Making New Year's resolutions that stick: Exploring how superordinate and subordinate goals motivate goal pursuit. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being, 12(1), 30-52.