New Year’s reso­lu­tions

The Compass - - OPINION -

Are you plan­ning to start on a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion come Fri­day, Jan. 1, as we en­ter a new year? Well, don’t! If there’s ev­ery a time of the year to de­cide to quit smok­ing, stop con­sum­ing al­co­holic drinks, start a diet, do more ex­er­cis­ing, etc., it’s prob­a­bly one of the worst times of the year to be­gin.

Okay, you’re go­ing to stop smok­ing. What hap­pens the next time you at­tend a so­cial with all the new year’s par­ties ( house party or at a com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ment) and some­one else, who has de­cided not to kick the habit, rudely starts blow­ing smoke in your face?

The same is true for a diet when those won­der­ful foods – es­pe­cially sweets – are passed around un­der­neath your nose.

The temp­ta­tions are too great. Of­ten the will power is not so great!

Why not wait un­til the mid­dle of Jan­uary, or when­ever, to be­gin your res­o­lu­tion – when the temp­ta­tions are gone for at least the next lit­tle while.

You can re­in­force your re­sis­tance to the evils, which have plagued your con­sump­tion habits over the years. Yes, years.

It may be take as long, cer­tainly months, to achieve the goals you’ve set for your­self.

Reso­lu­tions are good. Every­one should strive to adopt a res­o­lu­tion in their lives – to be a bet­ter par­ent; a bet­ter neigh­bour; to re­act kinder to fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers; to suc­ceed at a new en­deav­our – what­ever the goal that’s worth at­tain­ing.

If you’re plan­ning on a new year’s res­o­lu­tion think first about the best time to suc­ceed. Don’t set your­self to fail!

Pun­dits claim ‘tim­ing is ev­ery­thing’ in one’s life. Per­haps a new year’s res­o­lu­tion this week­end is ill timed.

— Ge­orge Macvicar

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