Howto suc­ceed on Fail Fri­day

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Quick! Stop read­ing this and go back to bed. Bury your­self snugly un­der the du­vet and refuse to get up un­til to­mor­row. That way you can ig­nore the day on which ex­perts pre­dict all your willpower and re­solve goes out the win­dow: Fail Fri­day. Typ­i­cally 88 per cent of us don’t stick to our New Year’s res­o­lu­tions and the long­est most of us last is three-and-a-half weeks, which is right about… now!

Of course we all start off de­ter­mined to lose 10kg/go to bed ear­lier/start an MBA/go to the gym three times a week, and it isn’t just temp­ta­tion or lazi­ness that makes us give up. It’s all to do with our brain power, say psy­chol­o­gists, and more specif­i­cally get­ting it in tip-top shape so we’re in the 12 per cent of peo­ple who suc­ceed.

As Sloan Sheri­dan-Wil­liams, one of the ex­perts in our fea­ture on page 53, ex­plains: “The brain isn’t wired to suc­ceed at res­o­lu­tions any more than your mus­cles are wired to win a strength contest with­out train­ing.”

So you have to work out your willpower by feed­ing your brain healthily, avoid­ing smoke – nico­tine can harm the brain – up­ping glu­cose lev­els (with­out reach­ing for a cup­cake!) and avoid­ing stress. Even an ex­tra hour’s sleep a day could make the dif­fer­ence be­tween stick­ing to your res­o­lu­tions and chang­ing your life – so that’s even more rea­son to stay in bed!

KarenPasquali Jones, Ed­i­tor


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