Rubbish at keeping those New Year resolutions? You don’t have to be!

Rubbish at keeping those New Year resolutions?

You don’t have to be!

by Adrian Harvey

Happy New Year!

Apparently January 17th, which happens to fall on a Tuesday this year, is the optimum fail point for our New Year’s Resolutions.

But then according to your soar away Sun:

A 2007 study from University of Bristol found that 88 per cent of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail – while the NHS reckon only one in ten of us will be successful.

While research by private health company Bupa was slightly more positive, and found that just 63 per cent of people failed in 2015.

Of those polled by Bupa, nearly half of Brits (43 per cent) lasted less than a month, and 66 per cent lasted one month or less.

Whilst the statistics don’t precisely agree, they certainly paint a picture more aligned to failure than success. Certainly, according to,  the subject of the resolution is likely to have a big impact on the successful outcome with life changing resolutions. Moreover, they imply that you genuinely cannot teach old dogs new tricks so to speak, with almost 40 per cent of those in their 20’s achieving or maintaining their resolutions, whilst only 16 per cent of the over 50’s achieving the same.

The fact is without support the human brain can prove worryingly fallible. There is a lot of evidence that would suggest that when this support is provided on an on-going and repetitive basis that the brain responds effectively, meaning that the success rates are far higher that when we just rely on a firm personal affirmation or statement of desired outcome.

Not convinced? Just look at how Alcoholics Anonymous  and Weight Watchers regularly use meetings and support groups to reinforce the desired outcome.

The same thing applies if you want to learn something. So if you would like to learn something or actually and genuinely need your employees to learn and retain something, then know that you can’t cheat the brain. The brain needs support and if it doesn’t get it the likelihood of success is really very low.

German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus proved that we forget more than 60 per cent of what we are taught within 24 hours and 80 per cent within 28 days! Re-reading the material is better than nothing, but it is a poor learning strategy, and we have the statistics and psychological evidence to prove it.

The best kind of learning support you can provide is a structured combination of repetition, spaced-learning and self-testing. It can be an inconvenience to organise, which probably explains why most don’t bother, and thus,  subsequently fail to get the desired results. Fortunately help is at hand in the form of Clever Nelly, who uses her Artificial Intelligence to do this automatically.

Make 2017 the year when you and your employees learn and retain everything that you train.

Make 2017 the year you hire a purple elephant on your team.

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