In about 48 hours millions of people will essentially start lying to themselves and others...they'll start making New Year's Resolutions.
Get a raise
Go to church more
Stop being so messy
Get more exercise
Save more (or start saving) money
Oh yeah, and lose weight
Yep, I've made'em all and broken them; usually within the first 90 days of the new year.
However, my cousin Susan Makitka has a great way of looking at the New Year. Instead of making resolutions she sets goals.
The great--and different--thing about setting goals versus resolutions is that a resolution is a statement while a goal involves a process.
THIS YEAR I'LL LOSE WEIGHT!!! Ok. How much? By when? And how?
When you start setting goals you start asking simple questions: How will you know you've reached the goal? How will you make it happen? What resources will you need and who can help? What's the deadline?
Stop making resolutions, they don't work. Start setting goals.