Changing Yourself Takes Extraordinary Willpower

Dateline: January 10, 2014

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

This week we look at a thoughtful blog post by Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Professor of Business Psychology at University College London, titled, “If you want to change, don’t read this“.  His post examines the science and research behind change and points out how difficult real change is for an individual.  He writes,

…deliberate attempts to change are far less effective than we like to think, which is why most New Year’s resolutions are never accomplished — and why our long-term happiness levels are fairly constant and relatively immune to extreme lifeevents (whether it is a painful divorce or the joys of winning the lottery).

Needless to say, some people are more capable of changing than others. Ironically, those individuals tend to be more pessimistic about their very chances of changing. Indeed, neurotic, introverted and insecure people are more likely to change, whereas highly adjusted and resilient individuals are less changeable. Likewise, optimism breeds overconfidence and hinders change by perpetuating false hopes and unrealistic expectations.

… In short, change requires self-critical insight, humble goals, and indefatigable persistence. It means going against our nature and demands extraordinary levels of willpower.

What will it take to implement your resolutions for change in 2014? 

That’s a WRAP!  Have a nice weekend.

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