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12-30 9:10am Tommy, how do you stick to your New Year's resolutions

Dec 30, 2016|

Tommy talks to John Norcross, Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and author of Changeology, about changing yourself and sticking with New Year's resolutions.

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Right so doctor John Norcross Sharon's right now a professor of psychology. At the University of Scranton and author of change Knology morning dialect. Good morning and same do you tell me about change college years it's an interesting intriguing title. Well it ain't it looked so to be sore but it's the scientific study change. We've been investigating. How people changed their behavior on their own for about 35 years now he including several studies on New Year's resolution. You what you sound well. About this time of the year PS people think gonna make a resolution about 60% say they will. But it it column on New Year's Day only about 40% of actually done so. Mostly because they've already broken deductible or beach this it's not being the intentions just didn't materialize. In time. And for those taking resolution. You make about one point eight. Resolutions on averages like at one point eight kids I imagine. The majority resolutions so concerned now. You know weight loss exercise healthier eating and money. Improving finances getting new jobs. Saving more and like. But did you know every possible area self improvement is included. Managing stress. Improving relationships being nicer improving procrastinate. Stop smoking. Started new be it goes on and on. A mom it's interesting that you talk about health and losing weight and so forth and during the holidays reading a lot of reach food and most of his change your diet new you know because annuities are there needs are and Acura vehicles in the thing and I'm also thinking about money. Where most of Lewis tennis. Manner grit their teeth the entire time thing an atlas is rises salvage a little something. This is financial fire that's going on. Is a Booth could both of them because in effect related. Well it's her church means that way about people overspend during the holidays of course and they're saying we really need to tighten our belt this year. And it's about the time that the fruit cakes and the pies start coming out we do imagine. You probably get it optic. That help and money. But you know even we look at what people are trying to change the rest of the year helped them money so the top army really. Yeah so when it comes to will power when it comes to. Being as successful when it comes soon I guess is that the is that would you say the science of change allergy doctor. A period of time. I ain't. You know we say so I don't blame hardly anyone's actually learn how to change your behavior. Indicated we lots are paired struggle and that's made the most of them weren't very successful. And a lesser psyche majors you probably haven't learned too much about it now. Behavior change occurred. So for example let's start with will power. In is this sense that he needed apple will power. To get started the power obviously helps. But I research shows that people using real power greeting your team. Persistence I can do it you know people and all that failed to get three times the rate of everyone now really. So it have to be additional scale so it's counterproductive. And. That site there but to others scale and out some tables table maybe that's part of my little power but it's really not. For example publicly declaring your resolutions. We know public commitments are generally more successful than private decisions. And yet people say why don't wanna be guilty Hershey and publicly. Well. But that public commitment increases accountability. Or simply attracting. You're changed behavior you know Peter Drucker the pain management consultant like to say what's measured improvement. Research indicates that simply charging your behavior increases the probability keeping resolutions. At about will power that Google skills. Suit when you say charting you mean. Almost like accounting keeping a ledger or some type of posters on my panel like. Whenever story can be done here south of Columbia record ticket chart you can look at the numbers cigarettes per minute to exercise. Research indicates. Just helps us keep the resolute in its shares in the it rewards you when you're moving that it helps you. And stick to the action plan is because when things ago rye. Is fascinating doctor John nor crosses our guest professor of psychology. At the University of Scranton and author of change allergy and doc yet a couple of more minutes. Sure we budgets RT NT six O 1870 do you have any questions because. I would think this would be the gentleman the professor to help he has stick to those New Year's resolution sore. You know again as the doctors said money in and held that that's not just a January it's a year round thing. Says yeah if you've been not perhaps. Very. Approving of the direction your life has been taken and you wanna make some changes. You may call 260187. You don't have to use your real name and we might be WB some canceled keep yet. On the right track 918. Tommy Tucker New Year's Eve. He borders somebody said New Year's Adam. However you spell at its December 30 Friday will be back in a flash on WW wells. And 924. On Friday December 30 talking to doctor John for Norcross. Professor of psychology at the University of Scranton and author of pretty interesting book called change now a GA as it relates to changing your behavior that's who ginger says. Professor before run out of time I presume you can get the book and all the usual outlets and even electronic downloads give. Amazon and and one had denied books and so we're. Okay. I I don't I would imagine before you'd change who you are yet got. Almost honestly assess who you are and is it hard in terms of people. Being honest about themselves. It is do the genuine. Self assessment. And some hard core reflection. And start the process. And then back to on our web site WW change doubt he'd booked. Court three you don't have to sign up their budgets up assessment. The pertains to resolution. For example articles here's setting realistic and attainable. We know grandiose goals again resignation. Have you butcher action plan. In writing. What specifically are you going to do differently to counter the problem at 2070. And another question for everyone is right now do you have to genuine confidence that you can keep their resolution. It sounds trite. But it's too early to think you can't do it then you're likely not going to give it doubtful. Hearted effort to. So we do hope people look what they could improve upon. Tolerate the feedback from loved ones about what I can be and then develop a plan before they just jump off at the clinic at the champagne glass. Tomorrow night. As if the four p.s of marketing heaven to haunted me in my entire life now professor a look at. Five he uses it relates to change unfolding over time. Sites right get ready prep prepared for Lee deeper spire which means you got to take action. And hammering this from your side persevere men just slips and persist. Maintained change but. How does somebody get hands. If for example let me make it about me can't decide them it's not being a jerk presuming it was one and I I would first have to really be honest and go back and evaluate my behavior when and I. I mean smoking is easy you know you weed smoker you deal. Patrick that's true it did discrete observable behavior but you know the truth is economy could just ask some people. It probably get a consensus for five from survivors pick I would never do that well I don't sing the true. Yeah exactly exactly that's now that's a yen Agassi could it you think people would be candid with you see you would say. And yeah Clinton somewhat in saint look I I really want to learn a little more about myself to make a better resolution this year. I just appreciate the candid feedback. I know you're likely. Despite my flaws in your mind long term trend which be honest about. My interpersonal relationships or my drinking behavior. Or are maybe. I got ability not as analytical as do more observational resemble what do you think. What do you think he would make me a better person that kind of thing again wrote a great way. Again. But you know it's not what other people want it changed Sammy I suggest you start with what you want to change and certainly in any year everybody can come up with this feud. Of their own self improvement. And I sit all day it doesn't need to be branded YouTube could have just started something in the past year. But you don't do enough of it or your little erratic he can build on that accent. That we don't have to come up with that age. Project every year for example my resolution this year is just the continue to do more about. I do now but I need to do little more work on my flat be systemic. Saying okay I'm gonna promise them to do everyday including when I travel. See we do 1 thing I am parliament does every year I've resolved to get taller and it's never happened. Well that's why make a credible realistic goal as. A little. By your issues under the either one of the two timeouts and sells change exercises before we run on time because. Perspiration is a part of this and it doesn't just happen and you have to work it. That's right. Took some of the and possibilities here for example are rewarding yourself. So many people conclude that I should have been smoking your manager tour or not been exercising for years. So when he finally change you know reward themselves not even an affable way. Not even you know OK try to make mine he'd. Goal on Saturday I get to go to movies or something so for these reward yourself. Read stoppers to break. We reward themselves and also switched off with family and friends and reward each other our way and more likely to be successful on any given year. And here's another one a rainy environment now Brad did in the interview. Limit your exposure to hybrid situations. So that you just don't place yourself at risk how many people tell me. They just keep those snacks around for the it did drinks Anthony's companies stops. I think that's just. That's that sabotage just waiting to happen can. To create an environment people places and things that are gonna help. I mean just those is by no it's not a private session with smear thing but there there are people have told me and I'm like this to where. Sometimes it feels better just haven't in the house I've never some of people that. Have smoked have told me that although they never touch it. It gives them almost like a safety blanket or something to note that they had the smokes in the house should they want them but they don't. Touch him is that. For every person is that that ten people actually touch and timing and the you know technology is the scientific understanding of individual differences. I have met its people myself. But you know there's so much easier to go to that little secrets stats that you were never going to touch. When things get. Instead of having to get the car and drive somewhere for them and it's that delay of just five or six minutes that frequently. Make the difference between success and. You're so right there doc had any surgery coming up then and now I'm not trying to make this about me but I got a second reading ahead of me and I'm gonna make his book one of them. Coming as the the downloads from iTunes so you get it all over Amazon about Amazon Barnes & Noble. Indy bound Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble iTunes etc. and I wish you nothing but luck and I hope we get to talk to you again. About bit my pleasure that means that the success. We view our impending knee surgery and desperate place seventeen Taylor mark thank you sir you have Qaeda in Albania. Today yet.