Using Psychology To Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Anyone who has learned to ride a bike can connect with the concept of self-efficacy. At first, the thought of balancing on two wheels can be terrifying. We envision all sorts of negative results, especially falling. By focusing on our inability, we decrease our likelihood of success. Instead, we should focus on riding, on balancing, and where we could go once we learned to bike around the neighborhood. We envision ourselves succeeding. Others can ride bikes, and if they can – so can we. Eventually, we learn. If we can learn to ride a bike, we can transfer this mastery onto other domains of our lives and onto our next challenge.

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