ABC NEWS ran a story explaining why many people fail to keep their resolutions. The Barna Group recently conducted an extensive research project about Americans and their new year's resolutions. Read the full report here. It explains who makes resolutions, how many keep them, and the kinds of things people resolve to do and change.
I think that any type of resolution is a good thing - if it leads to positive change. After all, we reap what we sow and our decisions, not our conditions, determine our future. Lasting change requires commitment and character - which is the ability to follow through a decision, long after the emotion in which the decision was made has padded.
Of course, as followers of Christ, we understand that we rely on God's strength and grace. I like what the apostle Paul said: "I can do all things (that's confidence!) ... through Christ who strengthens me (that's dependence!).
I pray that this year is a fruitful one for you - and that you live of life of progress, going from strength to strength in your journey with God.