The two most common resolutions are to quit smoking and to lose weight, both difficult goals that can be made easier if you take baby steps.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is finally over, and in its place is the thumping and spinning sounds of exercise equipment being greased once again, but experts say it's important to keep your goals within your own limits.
Here are some popular resolutions around our newsroom.
Neysa Wilkins: "To get out of debt and be more thankful for what I have."
Lee Etheridge: "One, to be a better husband, one to quit being an old grouch, three to hit the Lottery and go to China."
Ray Cockrell: "The first one is I'm going to dress better when I come to work and the second is I'm gonna lose weight and exercise more."
Carla Kneeland: “My New Year’s resolution is to keep my desk clean and neat."
Michael Cannon: "Spending more time with my family, that's one, not working quite so much, and I'd like to quit smoking."
Tom Lewis: "I have a standing New Year’s resolution, and that's never to make New Year’s resolutions."
The important part of having these goals is to make realistic steps that lead up to the end result and to not be so hard on yourself if you slip up.
"Have you ever made a NYR that you've actually followed through with?"
"Well, I don't think so!"
"Maybe I have, but it's just too hard to remember."
"Not a single one."
"I never follow through with anything."
"Um, one or two, but I can't remember any of them though!"
Whether you set goals now or are waiting for that right time, psychiatrists emphasize that choosing reasonable and controllable goals is the best way to go, and if you just don't set goals, like our news director, maybe you can share in the symbolic New Year's kiss at midnight. That tradition is supposed to be the purification into the new year.
Making New Year’s resolutions is one of the oldest holiday traditions.