On the other hand, if he had waited for the ideal time, when everything was going smoothly, he may have lasted a few weeks. But, when the next problem arose, as he knew it inevitably would, he would very likely have reached for a cigarette when things got tough.
I always think about this story around mid-December when I see people abandoning their exercise routines, or splurging on sweets, fast food or alcohol. And then I hear them say, “It’s OK, I’ll make up for it in January.”
The problem is that no matter how good their intentions are, very few people actually stick to their New Year’s resolution past February. If you wait until the chaos of the holidays is over to commit to a healthy new routine, you’re giving yourself artificially tranquil circumstances in which to develop your new habits.
If you truly want to make a change that will last, commit to it now. Yes, right now, in the middle of this crazy holiday season. When Jan. 1 comes around, you will already feel strong, committed and grounded in your new routine.
So, put down the cookie and lace up your sneakers. Today is the day to make a resolution you will stick to through good times and bad.
Do not fall for diminishing returns
Regarding “Golf course in county’s plans,” Dec. 4:
I am writing because I am very concerned about our planet and the people who inhabit it. At this writing, I am particularly concerned about my neighborhood. I live in Sunland, and I learned to golf at Verdugo Hills Golf Course.
Learning and playing golf changed my life in so many ways but mostly to be a better, kinder and more fair person. I know that I am just one of thousands of people with a similar story that can be contributed to Verdugo Hills Golf Course.