The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 4, 2013

Resolute

Many positives are attainable for us all in this new year


— Beginning a new year is always a good time to set or make new goals. We’ve come to know these new commitments as “New Year’s resolutions.”

There are the typical, common ones we hear about or even try:

Quit smoking.

Eat healthier

Be more physically active.

Lose weight.

Get out of debt.

Clean and organize home.

Go back to school.

But as many find out, wholesale lifestyle changes can be very difficult to stick to.

Even the best intentions may fizzle before the first sheet is torn from the 2013 desk calendar.

Some have given up making any resolutions at all.

But for those that do, here’s a few tips:

Share your plan with others. Having an accountability partner that will encourage you, while you give them positive motivation as well will provide great benefits for both.

Don’t be too critical of yourself. Just because you slipped up, caving in to that one dessert or one cigarette doesn’t mean all is lost. Get back on track quickly and don’t beat yourself up.

And most of all, don’t give up.

The rewards of taking on a task and conquering it are worth it. The confidence you’ll gain in your accomplishment will serve you well in all aspects of life.

And before you dismiss the commonly mentioned goals as unattainable or just not suited for you or your lifestyle, there are some resolutions that anyone could afford to attempt.

Be kinder to others.

Have a better attitude.

Spend more time with family or friends.

Volunteer or make an effort to help others more.

If everyone made these small efforts, our whole community would benefit.

If there is a region with the tremendous resolve needed to accomplish much in the next 12 months, it’s southern West Virginia.

Our wish is that 2013 proves to be a year of hope, encouragement and many blessings.