Rethink Your Resolutions This Year | HBR Ascend reviews

May 21, 2022



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Thereโ€™s a lot of advice out there about resolutions. Here are our tacticsโ€”backed by researchโ€”for actually taking them on.

00:00 Let’s do resolutions right
00:56 Create “fresh starts”
01:37 Reframe to make it fun!
02:28 Break goals into micro habits
03:44 Evaluate your resolutions
04:33 Consider the negative risks

Articles Cited:
To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits
https://hbr.org/2020/01/to-achieve-big-goals-start-with-small-habits

What Separates Goals We Achieve from Goals We Donโ€™t:
https://hbr.org/2017/04/what-separates-goals-we-achieve-from-goals-we-dont

Before You Set New Goals, Think About What Youโ€™re Going to Stop Doing
https://hbr.org/2018/02/before-you-set-new-goals-think-about-what-youre-going-to-stop-doing

“Goals Gone Wild” HBS Working Paper
https://www.hbs.edu/ris/Publication%20Files/09-083.pdf

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16 Comments
  1. New now time to survive be a futurist 1.Time awareness 2.Time alertion sec/ act.3.Conscious bias.4.Conceptual bias.5.Future Designization.6.Motto Go the Future.Good future.

  2. Very interesting video!

  3. Female VS male is different in making dicision female soft, male harฤ and more complexity,

  4. Brilliant ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

  5. Such a great video!

  6. micro habits…yes! a more manageable 'baby step.' 5 stars!

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    Joรฃo Nogueira Santos May 21, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Great video! Happy new year!

  8. Happy new year 2022 too!

    Your youthful exuberance is positively contagious!! You are like the onrushing rays of the morning sun that drives away the darkness enfolding us. Hope-filled rays that usher the dawn and bath the earth with light and hope!! All our youths on our planet, regardless of race and creed, are our true treasures!!

    Let us protect all youths! Let us nurture them. Let us teach them and guide them to make better tomorrows for everyone! Especially the ordinary people of the world. A tomorrow, a future that captures the spirit of the passage from the 16th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra that states: "The people there in my land are happy and at ease."

    Going back, for me, new year's resolutions, are like "once-upon-a-time" fairy tales. It is an initially engaging personal activity. A surreal mix of fun and fantasy in the first week of every January. A rocket launched purposefully! But just when it seems it is about to finally break free from the powerful clutches of behavioral gravity, the rocket course corrects. Fantasy ends. it heads down back to the same old-same old reality. Like me writing for example, (this xxx year I will … but… oh my…. sigh).

    Your advice shared here, regarding new year's resolutions will help a lot of people. It uses a system (e.g. breaking it into micro-habits) supported by scientific studies. This system is a distillation of effective approaches to breaking habits. Or creating new ones.

    I would like to meander some more. Your kind indulgence will be highly appreciated.

    I have explored these "breaking undesirable habits" paths too. 2 powerful forces seem to be at work here. Joy (reward) and suffering (punishment). Forces whose powers were beautifully harnessed by Alexander Dumas to create his classic- The Count of Monte Cristo. But I digress.

    I was a smoker. I love inhaling the "fix". Plus, Mild Seven Charcoal (packs freely given as gifts by Japanese colleagues visiting my office), awarded me enormous "dignitas" in the executive coffee room. Not all can afford a sustained supply of Mild Seven charcoal. Then I got sick.

    Really sick. Deathly sick (uh-oh). Several times. All those doctor's warnings that I ignored before came back with a vengeance. Whack! Whack! Whack! Somebody keeps slapping (mentally) my face. My conscience! The faces of my wife, my children, floated insistently in the mist of my misery and fear. (Good grief!) Well, it helps you can't smoke inside the hospital room. 7 days. 7 longest days of unbearable abstinence. But in that span of time, the ocean miraculously parted. And lo! My fears, my hopes, gave propulsive power to my legs. In no time, I was able to cross into the holy "non-smoker's" land before the ocean closed the gap again. Deliverance! Words cannot describe that wonderful feeling of cool wavelets tickling your toes buried deep in the white sand. Swosh!…. splash!….. swosh!…. splash!…. I never looked back. Mimicking Sir William Wallace (Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart)- freedom!!

    In this brief once-upon-a-time tale, joy and fear were instrumental in the acquisition-retention journey of smoking. Yet in the discard-sustain course-correct trajectory- fear, remorse, and deeper joy- played more powerful roles. Surface joy made me continue smoking. The "fix" was a treasure. I discarded it when it threatened to deprive me of something more valuable. My family. My community. My true treasures of the heart. To be with my loved ones is a desire that supersedes the lower desire of smoking.

    As a Soka Gakkai Buddhist, habits (like smoking or writing), for me, is a concrete manifestation of desires. Buddhism, from a certain perspective, is the philosophical science of desires. It's been at it for at least 3,000 years. Today's marketing, psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, etc, disciplines are also directed at harnessing desires. Their directions follow a parallel path.

    As far as the text (concrete commercial products and/or services), principle (philosophy or science behind the commercial products and/or services), their paths are parallel. It is in the "intent" that Buddhism starts to differ. Perhaps, it is in the "intent", not the "text and principle" that the great religions differ from the great disciplines of science.

    In the light of this pandemic, climate change, and the threat of nuclear annihilation, among other things, to what purpose (intent) are we making our (military and commercial) products and services today? To what purpose should we harness our knowledge of desires to make a better world for our youth? For our children and grandchildren?

    Desire is a very powerful force. It can usher in untold misery (the life condition of Hell), or unending happiness (life condition of Buddhahood) If we agree that the current inequalities, injustice, not just among people, but among nations, are the product of desires, or mega-geopolitical habits, how should we break from them? How should we protect everyone, raised everyone, teach everyone that they must awaken the "lofty and higher desires" powered by compassion to save our kind from extinction?

    How should we make the 3 virtues (the virtue of sovereign- to protect all, especially the ordinary people; the virtue of parent- to nurture all, regardless of race or creed or faith; the virtue of teacher- to educate all) govern our habits, our desires, our societies? Respectfully, how? emmanuel.matuco@linkedin.

  9. I liked how this video incorporated HBR and HBS products — it's actually inspiring me to look them up and read them.

  10. This is a really great one- I've gotten pretty good at setting resolutions over the years and actually feeling motivated throughout the year, but this is an awesome short one with actionable goals.

  11. Nice video. Thanks Harvard Business Review.

  12. By the way… happy new year

  13. It was genuinely a very nice video. Talking about resolutions, so yep whatever you said I have to keep in mind. I don't make resolutions but this time I made one…but I guess it's like long term goals with no reward in between to keep myself motivated. So, as far as I can predict…I am gonna mess up my life and mental health again. So yep you all have given such a great piece of advice…

  14. Reply
    Afi Hailey Wibowo May 21, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    I Love Your Tips and I Love You !!! This simple reminder might just save my life in 2022. Thanks a million!

  15. My goal is not to do any stuff I do not feel happy

  16. Reply
    Impractical_Shivani โœ“ May 21, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    My goal for this year is to add monthly goals

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