Real change requires strategic use of self-discipline.
Every New Year’s Eve, nearly 60% of Americans make resolutions. These resolutions range greatly but usually center around key life areas like relationships, health, spirituality and career.
Why do we make them? Because New Years brings a moment of renewal, which gives us a feeling of inspiration. Inspiration tends to lead to clarity and in an instant, we can articulate what we always knew: We need to make a change.
But a study done by the University of Scranton showed that only eight percent of those resolution-makers stick with them for any significant period of time.
Eight percent! Not 80. Eight!
These are promises that we make to ourselves to better our own lives. Why are such a dismally low percentage of people able to actually follow through?
Our Lack of Self-DisciplineProfessor Roy Baumeister from Florida State University conducted groundbreaking research which provides some direction. His research over two decades ago has spurred hundreds of follow-up studies that changed our view of self-discipline.
Baumeister invited students to his lab to try to solve a series of impossible geometry puzzles. He wasn’t expecting the students to solve them. That wasn’t the point. What he wanted was to see how long they would last before they gave up.
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