EDITORIAL: Stick with your 2013 resolutions

A new year is upon us, bringing a new calendar and, with it, new possibilities for the year ahead.

A fresh start via a new calendar is often the impetus for people to make vows to improve their life and to begin working on those vows.

Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions fail for a variety of reasons.

According to polling firm Angus Reid, only 45 per cent of those making resolutions in 2011 achieved their goals, with the majority — 52 per cent — sticking with their resolution for about a month.

Entering 2012, according to the Harrison/Decima polling firm, the top Canadian New Year’s resolutions were spending more quality time with friends and family (66 per cent), getting more enjoyment out of life (65 per cent), getting into shape (59 per cent) and paying down debt (46 per cent).

Chances are, the breakdown for 2013 is similar as a seemingly perpetually tenuous economy has people working more and finding less time to do the important things in life.

Spending time with ones you love and enjoying – really, truly enjoying – each day are important goals.

How to succeed in such resolutions can be found by talking to friends, probing online and simple trial and error.

Like smokers who go through myriad attempts before succeeding in quitting, those resolving to find better lifestyles in 2013 will hit the odd speed bump.

Don’t quit.

Brush yourself off and continue the journey.

On Dec. 31, 2013, you will be glad you persevered.

– Kamloops This Week



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