Resolutions mean change

If you get to the heart of the matter, New Year’s resolutions are all about one thing: Changing what’s negative in our lives

If you get to the heart of the matter, New Year’s resolutions are all about one thing: Changing what’s negative in our lives for what’s positive.

We often tell stories about people who decide they’re determined to change their ways.

January is a good month for those in the fitness business and a bad time to be selling any of the various vices that so many of us pledge we can to do without.

Of course, most of these personal promises are doomed to fail. There’s more to adopting a new lifestyle than simply switching wall calendars.

Popular resolutions often involve our personal health, our relationships or our career. We tell ourselves we will eat less, sleep more and cut down on smoking, drinking and salty foods, that we will be more caring about others and spend less time with people who only seem to bring us down. We’ll get promoted or find a new job or go back to school.

These are all noble goals that help make early January such an optimistic time. They’re also all attainable if you can avoid the disappointment that can come when you’re focused solely on the short term.

Remember: there’s nothing wrong with aiming high as long as you don’t expect too much too soon.

Take for example those who decide to take up running as a way to improve their health. If you’ve been a couch potato chances are you won’t be running in any spring marathons.

If you listen to those who teach beginning runners, sometimes the best goal is to just get out even if that means more walking then running.

It takes time to develop new habits.

But once you do they can be tough to break, which is why you might as well choose the habits you really want.

Change will happen. On a personal level, the next step is always the first one you need to take to get a little closer to whatever goal you set.


Just Posted

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

Victoria police concerned about missing man’s well-being

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

Fracking, economy, climate at centre of Green Party town hall in Metchosin

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and local candidate David Merner take questions from community

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Most Read