WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) Research shows 80% of people who've made a New Year's resolution will fail by February, but a little-known life hack could help you beat the odds.
It's an idea well studied in Psychology which says making an external change, like dying your hair or growing a beard, can help you turn the page on old habits and thus giving room to insert your resolution.
Clinical psychologist at Behavioral Health Clinic Brian Weiland said a part of the brain known as the frontal lobe is responsible for creating this effect.
"We have these gigantic frontal lobes. With those, we're able to think about our future, plan ahead, and make these New Year's Resolutions."
In layman terms, it works like this; after making a physical change you can see you look different in the mirror. The information is interpreted as a change in your brain.
With your resolution in mind, your brain then processes you have control over change. That usually strengthens the desire to make an internal change since your brain now thinks it's in control of change. Meaning if there are other changes that need to be made, it (you) are capable of doing so.
That can translate to any change: losing weight, saving money, making a personality change like being more assertive, etc..
This process can happen without you even realizing it. Dawn Calhoun found herself making a change to her hair. She believed a refreshed hair style could help her achieve her resolution of being more present in the moment and caring of those around her.
"I think when you feel good about your outward appearance you feel good about your inside appearance too. It's how you reflect yourself, when you feel good-- it's easier to make other people feel good" Calhoun said.
Psychologist agree however, this is not the end game strategy to making your resolution a reality. But it can help create a snowball effect of other habits and psychology to achieve your goal.