Well, 2014 is here. A new year presents a clean slate for us to change, or build on things, from the previous year. Each year I make a few resolutions that I’m confident I’ll keep and usually by March, I’ve not held true to them. I’m not alone. During an experiment, psychologist, Richard Wiseman, discovered that 52 percent of people are confident in their ability to follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. Only 12 percent succeed.

Why?

I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, the dreaded “p” word is a major culprit. Procrastination plays spoiler to my resolutions. Oftentimes I say, “I’ll get to it in a little while.” The “little while” turns into hours and before I know it, the day is over, and I’ve broken the resolution. That creates another obstacle — “it’s broken, no need to fix it.” And then I’m writing down notes to include the broken resolution in next year’s batch of hopefuls.

Procrastination is just a symptom of broken resolutions. The cure is accountability. Holding yourself accountable for your failures is the first step in turning a failure into a success. So, this year I resolve to hold myself accountable for any broken resolution. As punishment, I will not have dessert. That will go a long way to helping me keep the resolution of losing a little weight.

In this first issue of 2014, we unveil the latest Rave Favorites. Each year, readers vote on their favorite businesses, places to go, and people to see. The Rave Favorites exemplify the best our area has to offer, from exceptional customer service to high quality product and services. I encourage you to use this issue as a buyer’s manual when you are shopping around. The Favorites have a proven track record of successful customer relationships.

This issue also includes the latest edition of Danville Regional Medical Center’s “Health Talk.” Medical emergencies are things we all dread, but unfortunately, have to face at times. Having a confident, comforting, and competent emergency room is one of the most valuable assets a city can acquire. In Danville, we are very fortunate to have DRMC’s Emergency Room. For “Health Talk” we get to know the people that are here to help when an emergency arises.

I’ll leave you this month with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Do this and 2014 will be the absolute best year you can possibly have.

Enjoy 2014.

About The Author

Paul Seiple
Editorial Director