Column: Nicotine habit hard to kick, possible with structured plan

Many of us made New Year resolutions. Some are clinical (how you are feeling), some are centered on relationships (marriage, family, friends, work), and some involve our performance (goals, dreams, accomplishments).

While making resolutions has been proved helpful to about 11 percent of the population, many of us aren’t successful. Success in completing our resolutions is determined by commitment and willpower. Both commitment and willpower are individual attributes that can’t be instilled in anyone from the outside. Only the individual has that ability.

While both commitment and willpower are important, there is another ingredient in success that we should look at. We have to develop the capacity to reach those goals. Research shows that those people who are successful do so by opening themselves up to capacity building from the outside.

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