When it comes to the end of the year, many people start considering what they would like to change in the year to come. These largely consist of a list of enjoyable things that you will no longer do, such as eat chocolate, and starting to do things you are less keen on, like going to the gym every day.
Invariably, by February, these resolutions have faded away as January’s fresh motivation wanes and life settles back into a familiar rhythm. This is not your fault. Setting yourself the task of stopping doing something you enjoy, such as eating chocolate, is unlikely to work as you are removing something you like – in Psychology this is referred to as negative punishment. You have set yourself up with something that is designed to stop you achieving your resolution!
There is another way. In yoga there is a Sanskrit word, ‘sankalpa’, which trans