A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life. – Wikipedia
Research has shown that come January 1st about 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions, and only less than 8% manage to keep them up to March or April.
People can fall into bad habits very easily and giving up those habits can be a lot harder. Some of the most popular resolutions are: losing weight, quitting smoking, saving or making more money and we also have the short-term resolutions like dry January (giving up Alcohol) or more recently Veganuary (Vegan diet).
In some cases, it takes massive amounts of motivation to change unwanted behaviours. The initial change could be fuelled by a medical condition, ill health, personal failure, relationship challenges, or simply the frustration of not living to the standard you’ve always measured yourself against.
In my early career as a coach, I was working with a client who wanted to give up smoking and had many times over but kept on relapsing. Whether it was after too many drinks at the pub or an argument with his partner, he would go and buy and a box of cigarettes. Over time he developed a lung condition but that did not stop him from smoking. Eventually, it was his 7-year-old daughter who was the catalyst for his change. Using NLP processes, he was able to identify with his reasons for smoking, the triggers, and the effects of smoking long term. He stopped smoking once he created a new vision for his present and future and could see himself through the eyes of his children.
I believe the key factor in people not following through with their resolutions or goals is that they set them from a conscious level without an appropriate strategy, which isn’t specific and aligned with their core believes and values.
When working with people on changing long term unwanted behaviours – New Code NLP provides us with the processes that enable the unconscious mind to make new behavioural choices. It’s our unconscious mind that runs 95% of our daily lives compared to the 5% the conscious mind runs.
Our unconscious mind is where deep-rooted change takes place and is the epicentre of who and what we perceive ourselves to be. https://inspiredynamics.co.uk/new-code-nlp/