According to a 2007 survey of over 3,000 people conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, 88 percent of all New Year’s resolutions end in failure. It may be difficult to figure out why, but in order to change habits, one needs to change the brain. There is a biological mechanism that repels people from change.
New Year’s resolutions don’t work for most people because the real problem is the approach. Most experts encourage and teach working with the mind rather than the brain. “To achieve even small results with your mind, you would need to dedicate hours to your practice every day for many, many years,” states Dr. Michael Cotton, chiropractor and founder/developer of Higher Brain Living.
Even if one can muster the willpower to pound away at changing patterns of behavior, or habits, people experience discomfort because of the chemical changes in the body that trigger the stress response. This emotional discomfort is the human over-active survival brain in action. It’s designed to keep us the same; chemically “stuck” in old patterns of behavior and habits. The key to breaking through is activating the part of the brain designed for change, and that is the prefrontal cortex. It is responsible for executive functioning, clear decisions and is the home of willpower.
Resource: Sandra Vela, Higher Brain Living, 956-351-0825, SandraVelaCoach@yahoo.com.