Resolutions are for every day, not just New Year

At Gravitas we rarely make New Year resolutions because we number ourselves among the vast majority who know they hardly ever last.

In fact, we reckon those who can keep them alive the whole year are so saintly they needn’t make resolutions in the first place.

So yes, come New Year’s Day we shall make resolutions - but for January 1 itself.

Then on January 2 we shall do the same, and on January 3, too, and so on right through the year.

Resolutions each day, because we know daily resolutions have a far greater chance of lasting than those made for the whole 12 months.

One we do not make, however, is to do our utmost for our clients. That should come naturally, without the need for prompting. If we have to keep reminding ourselves, or each other, to do our best then we are in the wrong business.

On the other hand we do resolve to treat anyone with whom we come into contact, whether inside or outside the office and whoever they might be, with the same civility and respect we should expect to receive ourselves.

That is easy to say but in a pressure-cooker profession it is not always easy to practise, so it’s not a bad idea keep reminding ourselves of it.

Those of us at Gravitas who need to lose weight or take more exercise or quit the weed also find it far more effective to make it a daily mantra.

Which brings us neatly to the area of health, because if there ARE any long-term resolutions we would make for the New Year they would be:

Opt for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for our hospital of choice because if we have to visit or stay over a week-end we shall have a far greater chance of coming out alive.

The greatly increased number of people who die in hospital on a Saturday and Sunday because not enough senior doctors and surgeons are on duty or vital diagnostic tests available has finally stirred our politicians into vague talk of doing something about it.

But Salford Royal already have full teams and full diagnostic procedures available at week-ends, with chief executive David Dalton setting an excellent example that others would do well to follow without any need to be ordered to.

We shall also beware of shellfish. They have such a reputation for potentially causing serious illness that like most people we do so already. However the serious food poisoning wreaked by mussels the FSA said were harvested in the Shetlands, is going to make us doubly cautious.

And finally, wherever possible we’ll keep away from doctors - but when we do have to see one we’ll ignore all the talk of their being overpaid and underworked, because they are with rare exceptions dedicated health professionals who deserve what they get and do a fine job for their patients.

Instead we shall appreciate what they do for us, listen to their advice, act on it, and only take ourselves off to our harassed local A&E department when it really is an emergency, which so often it isn’t.

That’s it, resolutions-wise, for 2014 - and a Happy, emergency-free New Year to all our readers!