Don't Tell Your Mother But the Key to a Healthier Life Is Lowering Your Ambition | Lorna Borenstein

February 13, 2015 7:42 PM

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Don't Tell Your Mother But the Key to a Healthier Life Is Lowering Your Ambition | Lorna Borenstein

At the start of each New Year, we enthusiastically craft our life affirming 'resolutions' to make meaningful and positive changes in our lives. Unfortunately, by February, most of us have abandoned our ambitious resolutions and retreat to the couch feeling disappointed at our inability to change. Don't despair, you can change. The counter-intuitive truth is that in order to see results, you need to be much less ambitious. That's right, lowering your sights is the key to improving results.

Research teaches us that resolutions requiring extreme lifestyle modifications are simply too difficult to maintain. Without early success and positive feedback, we abandon them. As social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School Amy Cuddy told Business Insider, "We're really ...

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