The “no-change” Resolution

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People are very poor at anticipating how we will behave and feel in the future. We wrongly expect that we will make different decisions tomorrow than we will today. For example, “I don’t want to go to the gym today, but I will want to go tomorrow”. That psychological crutch lets us off the hook, but does not help us lose weight.

One solution is to flip the problem around. Focus on reducing the variability of a behavior, instead of the behavior itself. i.e instead of saying “I will quit smoking tomorrow”, say “I will have five cigarettes a day for the rest of my life”. That accepts that your future behavior is unlikely to change from your current behavior, and forces you to face the reality of what you are doing, and the consequences of not changing.

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