If you want to give proper priority to, and build management and control around, your resolutions for 2012 you will stand a better chance of achieving them when you state them as positive actions.

Positive thoughts and actions are invariably more motivating than negative ones.

Research on ‘Thought Suppression’  – notably the “don’t think of the white bear” studies of Wegner , Wenzlaff et al (1987) proves that the paradoxical nature of the process of thought suppression is responsible for the returning of unwanted thoughts to mind.

This applies equally to our behaviours.

So, if you are looking to replace ‘bad habits’ or ‘weaknesses’ just focus on what you will replace them with and build some priority and management rigour around how you go about working on them this year.

Supporting people in managing priorities, goals and strategies is what my business is all about.  Get in touch if this will help you, your team or your business this year.