Have you heard? New year resolutions are out! It takes more than an (unrealistic) resolution to harness motivation and create sustainable long-term changes to behavior.
But the start of a new year (or a new month, or a new week!) is still a good time to be thinking about what new habits you want to introduce to help achieve life goals. Here’s why…
What is the Fresh Start Effect?
The Fresh Start Effect is a psychological phenomenon - researchers have observed people are better at tackling goals when they start on a ‘temporal landmark’, such as the start of a new year, the start of the month, or even a birthday or anniversary.
The reason this works seems to be because ‘firsts’ have a way of decoupling your past performance with future performance. This works particularly well if it relates to something you have not been successful at in the past. A Fresh Start can help us bounce back from failure by offering a clean slate to try again!
But be warned, Fresh Starts work both ways - if you have successfully achieved a goal in the past, the start of a new temporal landmark can bring lower levels of motivation to reach this goal again.
With this in mind, here’s how you can introduce positive new habits into your life - and keep them going throughout the year (and beyond).
Heat Healer Founder Lauren Dovey shares her goals and habits for the year ahead.