It takes more than willpower to stick with your New Year’s resolution. You also have to believe in your ability to succeed.
Wondering if you’ll achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year? According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, if you want to do well, you have to stop speculating and start believing. While willpower is an important part of sticking with your resolutions, faith in yourself is just as vital for success. Having confidence in your ability to change is key to maintaining your resolutions. According to Alan Marlatt, a psychology professor at the University of Washington, it’s also a good idea to have coping strategies to deal with any obstacles that may arise, and keep track of your progress. And if you mess up, that’s okay. Continue on your quest instead of giving up.