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After a long time struggling, I can see why?!

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This story originally aired on January 6, 2012.

It's that time of year when we let go of the old and bring in the new. And that often means setting New Year's resolutions. Some are able to keep to their new goals but most of us eventually just give up. Changing behavior is no easy task, but one Stanford professor has developed a new technique. He says not to worry about New Year’s goals. Instead, we should focus on “tiny habits.”

What’s a tiny habit? Fogg demonstrates by picking up his ukulele and playing for 30 seconds. "I used to play ukulele a lot. But I stopped practicing for a while so to get back into it I thought I’m going to create a tiny habit of just practicing this cord sequence," he says.

“I set it right by the piano so right after I finish breakfast I go pick the ukulele up. That’s what a tiny habit is. It’s a very little thing that you sequence into your life in a place that makes sense and you work to make it automatic.”

Thirty seconds doesn’t seem like much when you compare it to goals like getting in shape or eating better. But these broad ideas are where Fogg says most people get into trouble.

Resolutions vs. Habits

“What a mistake – the whole idea around New Year’s resolutions. People aren’t picking specific behaviors, they’re picking abstractions,” he says.

Abstract goals don’t work, says Fogg, when they aren’t tied to specific behaviors. And to retain new behavior, he says it needs to be instinctual. The more you have to remember to do something, the better the chances are that you’ll talk yourself out of it.
 
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