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Get Fit, Find a Better Job: What's Your New Year's Resolution?

Share what you plan to improve on in 2013, or tell us why you're against the whole New Year's resolution concept.

It's that time: New Year's resolutions.

People like to hit "reset" on Jan. 1 and start the new year with a clean slate. Although it's just another Tuesday, the beginning of 2013 will be a chance people to make resolutions to be better (or fitter, or more sober) human beings.

The practice of New Year's resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians. They made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. Popular resolutions for Babylonians? Pay off debts and return borrowed farm equipment.

These days, Americans' typically make promises related to self-improvement, like losing weight, helping others, quitting smoking, going back to school or getting a better job. This is a list of the 10 most popular New Year's resolutions from About.com.

But the truth is most people fail to achieve goals set at New Year's. A 2007 British study that surveyed 3,000 people found that 88 percent of resolutions fail.

How can you stick to those resolutions? Men who set smaller goals were more likely to fulfill their resolutions, while women who shared their promises to get support from friends were more successful. There are more tips in this Wall Street Journal article.

Even if you're not one to make resolutions for New Years, the end of December is a good time to search for promotions that could help you reach personal goals. For example, Walgreen's has a New Year's sale on nicotine gum and 24 Hour Fitness offers discounts for new members who sign up before midnight Dec. 31.

Tell us: What's your New Year's resolution for 2013? Have any tips that have helped you meet your goals? Post in the comment section below.

Steven Norwin December 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Seriously, to continue to excercise my Second Amendment.
Craig Belfor December 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
To meet Tina, the only person who works harder than me.
Bob Ratto December 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I am hoping for a brain transplant to give me a chance that believing any "alpha agency"-ABAG, BAAQMD, etc; or super funded lobby group-MCF/SUNN, etc, will actually do something beneficial for existing citizens.
Christine January 01, 2013 at 12:00 AM
To expose Agenda 21.........
Jimmy Silvera January 01, 2013 at 12:48 AM
under a well regulated militia? And you're using a musket gun I presume?
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Keep Commenting on the Patch. Oh and hide money from Uncle Obama.
Jermy Wallace January 01, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I wanna meet Miriam, Laura and Jamie all at the same time and exercise my 4th amendment. Eat 3500 cal. a day, fly an airplane and do the activia dance, yeah. Happy New Year everyone
Jimmy Silvera January 01, 2013 at 08:46 AM
I would imagine hiding that $37.25 in your old and musty stuffed elephant can become trying at times.
Peter Cook January 01, 2013 at 10:08 AM
To point my wife at a dictionary, specifically the words "need" and "want" to see if she can learn the difference.
Victor January 01, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I would like to cook more for my girlfriend than have to go out to eat all the time.
Grace January 01, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Or.......find a girlfriend that cooks!
Sandi Melia January 01, 2013 at 05:04 PM
@ Grace, I was thinking the same thing a sec before I saw your post! Funny. I will lose more weight lost 70 lbs already & way more to go... I will do it! HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS! P.S. If you Drink Don't Drive!
John.Maher January 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Find a piano I can't break.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Just cut checks to Detroit,Napa,Sf and Oakland for all 33 parking tickets. Anyone know where I can sell a kidney cash?
Active Thinker January 01, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Be more Humble. Enjoy what I like to do. stop worring about the future.
Jimmy Silvera January 01, 2013 at 07:26 PM
HA! John! Are you playing like Jerry Lee Lewis? What are you playing when you break the piano?
Jimmy Silvera January 01, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I am already perfectly humble. In fact, I am perfect in every way so I resolve to sustain my perfection.
L.A. Chung January 01, 2013 at 07:42 PM
For me, one big resolution is to stop "peeking" on vacation, so I really rest. And to make meaningful time with my family.
Rico January 01, 2013 at 07:57 PM
My main resolution is to pay off all of my debts, so I can start next year debt free. My second most important resolution is to keep my insurance payments down, and that would also include keeping my tax liaibility down, to get ready for new taxes with the HCCA coming up in 2014. Happy new year y'all.
Rico January 01, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Sorry, typo, I meant the AHCA taxes , fines or whatever the corporations want to call it for not contributing to their "profiteering pool for the greater corporate good".
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 01, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Side question to the story. What charities will you all support in 13? Me some to the salvation army with stipulation of disaster relief only. I will also donate big to MHS and Napa SPCA
Just One Vote January 01, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I resolve to only vote for politicians who follow the Babylonian principles of paying off debt (OUR money) and returning borrowed treasure (OUR children). Seems simple enough, but then again, look what happened to the Babylonians.
CJ January 01, 2013 at 08:57 PM
This year I started acting on my New Year's resolution (involving exercise) right after Thanksgiving so I've already got momentum to keep going. We'll see how it works but it seems to be working in theory and practice! HNY
Gary Hinze January 01, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I don't do New Year Resolutions. I don't change course just because I crossed an arbitrary date line. I am such a procrastinator, I would have to go back to January 2012 and make resolutions so I could get started on them now.
Beatrice Karnes January 02, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I'm going to read something amazing each day. I found this from Dale Carnegie, "This day is too precious to be corroded by acid worries and vitriolic regrets. Keep your chin high and your thoughts sparkling, a mountain brook leaping in the spring sunshine. Seize this day. It will never come again." --acid worries and vitriolic regrets--
Keri Brenner (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Thanks Beatrice Karnes for this post! Very inspiring!
Beatrice Karnes January 03, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I like this one today: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
Mayra Flores de Marcotte January 03, 2013 at 05:12 AM
I second that LA!
Beatrice Karnes January 04, 2013 at 07:20 AM
"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything." Nikola Tesla
John.Maher January 05, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Ain't Misbehavin'. Really.

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