E.J. Masicampo

30 Days, 30 Ways to (Really!) Turn Your Resolutions into Reality: Want to keep your New Year’s resolutions? E.J. Masicampo, an assistant professor of psychology, says you should picture yourself carrying out your plan. “Imagining yourself doing something has a similar effect on the brain as actually doing it. Since keeping resolutions is often about creating new habits, you can get a head start on developing the desired behavior,” he says. Another tip: “Every time you engage in a behavior, you make it easier to enact again later on, so create a routine and stick to it.” Masicampo recommends performing a goal-related activity … in the same place, every day or week to create a new, goal-supporting habit.

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