Enlist the subconscious mind for New Year’s resolution success
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on December 24, 2012. Posted with permission.
Why is it always twenty pounds? Whenever I discuss New Year’s resolutions with people, that number is ubiquitous.
But, talk of resolutions is folly because resolutions usually fail or the results of our efforts are temporary. Why?
New Year’s Day is great time for goal setting. The first of the year is metaphorically laden as a fresh start or a new beginning. Metaphors have power and significance, so we may as well take advantage of the symbolism when it arises.
Willpower resides in the conscious mind. Our behaviors are guided by our subconscious minds, and 88% of the mind is subconscious. For the New Year’s resolution that dwells in the conscious mind, that isn’t a fair fight.