The start of a new year is always nice. It is a chance to reflect on the things that made the previous year successful, or not so successful, and make a fresh start with the knowledge gained over the past twelve months. This sense of renewal is probably what prompts more than 60% of Canadians to make some type of New Year’s resolution. New Year’s resolutions have been a tradition since the days of auld lang syne, but the individual promises have probably changed a lot over time. Today’s most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, manage debt, save money, find a better job, get fit, get a better education, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, take a trip and volunteer to help others. While these are all reasonable resolutions, more than 80% won’t last until Valentine’s Day. That statistic is not surprising as we all know that keeping resolutions, New Year’s or otherwise, can be extremely difficult. It is no wonder that most people attempt the same resolution year after year. The following tips can help ease this difficult task:
· Be realistic. Don’t inflate your expectations as doing so sets you up for failure.
· Take one step at a time. You are not going to change in a few days.
· Tell everybody. Once your resolution is known to all, you will have more motivation to keep it.
· Reward yourself. Celebrate the small successes appropriately.
· Find help. Locate resources that will help you stay on track.
Hopefully our New Year’s resolutions will last long after Valentine’s Day.
Well the Toronto Raptors and the Duke Blue Devils are doing well. I guess we have to wait again until next year for Our Toronto Maple Leafs to show promise. I also hope the Toronto Blue Jays surprise us.
See you next time when I will talk about something that is dental. You’ll see!