A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.
Its a subtle difference.
I have found over the years my New Years Resolutions always go undone & ignored.
Short term goals ( like finishing the Afghan I started right after Christmas in the next 2 weeks) throughout the year work well, with maybe 1 big goal, like earning enough extra money to go to a family reunion (in St George,UT this year).
On New Years Eve some of us retreated to the relative quiet of the living room at Aunt Karen's. We played a game where we each said one thing we had accomplished in 2008 and chose 1 goal for 2009.
My goal (from the game) for 2009 is to work on breaking down the brick wall that our Donohoo ancestors are hiding behind. I haven't started working on it yet, but I've been thinking about the best way to start, and how to best make use of Facebook and other electronic means.