Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions already?

Posted by Karen Degen on 4th February 2013


By now, according to statistics, 92% of people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions.

The main reason people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is because they don’t address the emotional contributors to the issue they want to change.  Smoking for instance is well known to alleviate stress and dampen down uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.  Stopping smoking without addressing the reasons why you ‘need’ to smoke will likely result in failure.  It is the same with overeating or comfort eating.  Using food to ‘eat your emotions’ is often unconscious, but has similar drivers to smoking, alcohol or drug use.  The only way to be permanently free from these addictions is to address the emotional drivers behind them.

People usually start off feeling enthusiastic and motivated after making a New Year’s resolution, but then it seems that the brakes go on.  Willpower and conscious effort may have an impact, but only for short bursts, rarely for the long term.  That is because the brain is not very effective at modifying our habits.  To make any permanent change we need to address these habits where they live: in our subconscious mind.  The subconscious mind is in control most of the time and is incredibly powerful – in fact it’s a million times more powerful than the conscious mind and makes up at least 95% of our brain.  Unless the programs running there are changed it is likely that attempts to change your habits will not succeed.  EFT is the best technique I’ve ever found for changing those subconscious programs.  In fact Dr Bruce Lipton says “EFT is like pressing the record button and recording over those programs”.

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