I’ll go further and say that the repeated compulsion to resolve and resolve and resolve is actually a terriﬁc marker that you’re not really ready to change anything in a grownup and sustainable way. You probably just want another magic wand.
Otherwise you’d already be doing the things you’ve resolved to do. You’d already be living those changes. And, you’d already be seeing actual improvements rather than repeatedly making lists of all the ways you hope your annual hajj to the self-improvement genie will ﬁx you.
— Merlin Mann on New Year’s resolutions