The tradition of New Year's resolutions is an EXTERNAL motivator, an artificial construct. Unless our motivation is INTERNAL, borne of a deep desire or need for change, the prospect for failure is high.
The excitement of New Year's resolutions disappears by mid-February in most people for this very reason. Gyms and health clubs across the nation are buzzing right now based on this annual holiday phenomenon, but by mid-February all will be back to normal.
Our motivation for change must come from someplace other than excitement over a fixed date on the calendar in order to succeed.