Even though we may choose to start the new year off with the utmost tenacity and determination, after only a few short weeks, our motivations can sometimes fade away. Why do we fail? Perhaps we overestimate how much time we have, or maybe our goals are a bit too farfetched to realistically accomplish. So, what makes change such a hard thing to accomplish? Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada says that, “people make resolutions as a way of motivating themselves, [but] people [usually] aren’t ready to change their habits, particularly bad habits, and that accounts for the high failure rate.” Another interesting psychological reasoning for failure was identified by a different psychology professor, Peter Herman and his colleagues. They call it the “false hope syndrome,” and “it means their resolution is significantly unrealistic and out of alignment with their internal view of themselves. When you make positive affirmations about yourself that you don’t really believe, the positive affirmations not only don’t work, they can be damaging to your self-worth.”
With these things in mind, take a different approach this year. Choose goals that you can stick with throughout the New Year and the years to come, such as placing awareness on your well-being and reconnecting with friends and family. Prioritizing your hearing health is a great way to achieve both at the same time! Start small and consider these pragmatic hearing health ideas to get started:
It’s never too late to choose to be empowered by your hearing journey. Taking control of your hearing health means you’re on the road to prioritizing what’s important – you!