On the eve of each new year, many people commit to making lifestyle changes that they believe will usher in personal satisfaction and happiness. While an entire industry exists to help meet these pressing goals, people flounder. How many times can we try to lose weight, quit smoking, cut back on alcohol consumption, or try to find a more suitable purpose in life? A good answer: As many times as it takes to get it right.
Lasting change is difficult because many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable. But all habits and character traits can be altered to varying degrees. You are not powerless, it's never too late to change and with effort and determination, it is possible to be the person you want to be. Or at least something closer to it.