A new year can stir all kinds of hopes and dreams for self-improvement—from skincare, sleep habits and exercise to career changes and financial planning. However, according to a 2015 University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are actually successful in keeping them. But what if we could stay motivated month after month by setting the right kind of goals and increasing our chances for success?
Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal suggests that New Year’s resolutions that connect with the “ideal self” are most effective. When people resolve to change, she says, they immediately feel more confident, in control and hopeful—they even feel stronger. The best resolutions contain a “big why”—such as, improving your health or appearance, reconnecting with a personal passion, strengthening a relationship, increasing wealth, developing yourself personally or professionally, or giving back to others. If the “why” is clear, your goals can be small and still lead to big changes in the long term.
In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, author Charles Duhigg shares insights from neurologists, psychologists and other scientists on the best strategies for making new habits stick. Here are a few of his step-by-step tips to help support your goals for 2016:
- Know your habit loop. Start by examining the time of day, emotional state or other environmental triggers that contribute to the habit you want to change, then modify the environment to encourage good habits. For instance, if you tend to avoid washing off your makeup before your head hits the pillow, keep a box of REDEFINE Eye Cloths with anti-aging peptides next to your bed as a reminder to cleanse your skin before bed.
- Experiment with rewards. Choose a reward that helps your brain connect the new behavior or routine with the reward. For instance, allow yourself to binge-watch your favorite TV series while exercising in the living room. Soon, you’ll begin to crave the reward when you practice the habit. With time, the habit will become the reward.
- Anticipate temptations. Changing habits takes effort. If you’re inclined to skip the sunscreen when you’re feeling rushed, save time with a 3-in-1 moisturizer featuring sun protection and anti-aging benefits, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30—and keep it on your bathroom vanity by your toothbrush (not hidden in the cabinet) so you’re more likely to apply it every day.
- Have a plan—and write it down. Visual reminders can be great motivators. Start your skincare journey with a “before” photo to compare to your “after” shot in six months or a year from now.
Decide today how your New Year looks and choose a goal that you can start seeing results with this month. Maybe your resolution is to achieve a firmer-looking neckline in 2016. If so, make small daily changes, like using the AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller every day with REDEFINE Regimen for firmer-looking skin. Small changes like this can help you stick to your daily skincare Regimen.
We each have the power to transform our lives with positive change. Make 2016 the year that you Decide Today How Tomorrow Looks™.
Wishing you the best on your journey to great skin this year.
Your Derm RF Support Team