Tag: You Can Change Your Life

How to change your personality

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6th May

We talk about other people’s personalities in terms of the adjectives we use to describe them. So, one person might be “talkative but rude” while another person may be “quiet and inquisitive”. But in psychological terms, personality is broadly defined as a set of enduring traits and processes within the individual that influence that person’s interactions with the world.

Most psychologists agree that there are at least five (but possibly … Read more

7 simple ways to achieve your goals

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3rd January

Psychologists have spent decades researching ways that we can boost our chances of achieving whatever goals we set ourselves. Here are 7 proven tips and tricks to boost your chances of success:

1. Set yourself manageable, specific actions.
Rather than saying something like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be more outgoing,” decide on particular behaviours that you will demonstrate in certain circumstances.

For weight loss, you … Read more

Want to turn good intentions into actions?

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5th July

Not long ago, a friend kept saying that she didn’t like her job and wanted to find a new one. But every time we met up, she said she was too busy (with work and also moving home) to look for a new job.  For months, she talked about how frustrated she was with work but she didn’t actually do anything about it.

Sneakily, I applied a psychological technique to … Read more

Want to set goals you’ll actually achieve?

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4th January

What are your goals for the next 12 months? Maybe you want to lose weight, eat more healthily or quit a bad habit. Perhaps you want to socialise more – or socialise less and study more.

A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests a new way of setting goals. Suppose you want to lose weight. You could either set yourself a specific goal (e.g. “lose 10 pounds”) … Read more

What’s a simple, proven way to resist temptation?

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23rd July

A confession: I really like cakes, chocolate, ice cream and toffee popcorn and all manner of treats that are full of sugar and saturated fat!

Like most people, I sometimes struggle to resist temptation. But recent research has found a simple way to boost willpower when we’re trying to do the right thing.

Vanessa Patrick at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston taught experimental … Read more

Want to change anything about yourself or your life?

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14th February

I wrote in an earlier post about the single most important thing you could do when it comes to trying to change or improve your life.

If you’re interested, this is a short (3 minutes, 36 seconds) video clip from when I was invited onto the BBC ‘Breakfast’ television show to talk about change – and to discuss my book You Can Change Your Life.

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When it comes to changing your life, what’s the single most important thing you can do?

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31st December

Did you know that people who write down their goals are generally twice as likely to achieve them as people who simply have good intentions?

Every year, millions of people try to change their lives. Many want to lose weight or get fitter. Some want to improve their relationships. Others want to learn new skills, get promoted or change jobs. Whatever you might be hoping to change or improve in … Read more