Help Yourself

On the eve of each new year, many of us commit to making lifestyle changes we believe will improve our sense of personal satisfaction and bring us happiness. Rather than seek out professional help, we attempt to resolve some of our behavioral issues ourselves.

But 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.

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