Editorial for December 31: Resolve to do better in 2011

 If you’re a New Year’s resolution maker, it’s time to start reflecting on yourself and your surroundings.

Even if you’re not resolved to changes for the New Year, a little self reflection never hurt anyone.

Statistics show us that more than half the people who make New Year’s resolutions abandon them before the month of January has finished, but the annual ritual is just that – a right of passage from the old year into the new one.

Whether you believe in making New Year’s resolutions or not, the exercise of trying to do things to better yourself in life is good throughout the year, and indeed on a daily basis.

Accepted wisdom dictates that the first step in solving any problem is acknowledging or defining the issue.

No matter when you resolve to make yourself better, realise that some changes – like stopping smoking, losing weight, getting fit – will take time; those promises to change won’t happen overnight. For those changes, you need to set realistic goals and if you have a setback, learn from it instead of being discouraged.

For those who resolve to improve their relationships with those they interact with daily, why wait until the New Year? We can all work daily on improving our relationships with our spouses, partners, children, friends and co-workers.

If you resolve to spend more time with your family, identify a day and maybe some activities you can do with your family on that day.

Do you resolve to improve the quality of your life? This can partly be accomplished by just taking each day to spend more time actually enjoying the life you have.

One key to making a resolution that you can actually stick to is to make it realistically obtainable.

Whether you make a New Year’s resolution or not, we hope everyone strives for self-improvement in 2011 in any case. With the challenges we face as a society now and in the coming years, we can use all the improvements we can get.

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