Everyone knows that most resolutions set January 1 are history by February 1. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll read a lot about New Year’s resolutions and tips for “how to really do it this year.” But tips and ideas alone won’t get it done. It’s funny how all the time, energy and resources seem to be put into setting goals, while their actual achievement is just expected to take care of itself. Without a concrete plan and the right resources, it’s too easy to fall back into old habits. Real change takes time – and needs help. The key is to surround yourself with reminders that make your goals tough to ignore and impossible to forget. Finally, you need to actually do what you promised. You’re ultimately accountable to yourself and nobody else for your goals. You will find virtue and character in fulfilling that promise. After all, goal achievement is something you do year-round, not just in January.