THE HOBO HOMEFRONT: Now's the perfect time to change your life

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 06:15 PM.

Be honest: How many of you have already broken every New Year's resolution on your list?

Let's face it, these ambitious commitments are difficult to keep, so resolutions in my home are a bit more down-to-earth. They're more like recognition of timeless truths.

For example, I have learned that we don't succeed in spite of our challenges but rather because of them. So I use every challenge or mistake as a learning experience and try to make the best of every situation.

Everyone has problems, but how you choose to deal with those problems is what matters. Some people choose to be whiners; others winners. Then there are the victims or victors.

Life is made up of choices and perceptions. You choose to succeed or fail. No one can control your life unless you give it to them.

Of course, the greatest shackles we bear are those forged by our fears. So many people regret never trying to achieve something they believed was impossible.

Even worse, some people let grudges and resentment captivate the better parts of their lives.

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