Howto succeed on Fail Friday
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