In case your resolutions are already faltering (like ours), we offer the following advice from the January 6, 1899 Skidmore Standard.
Don’t Break Your Good Resolutions
Did you make any good resolutions, Sunday? If so, you did well; but you will do better if you keep them. It is the simplest thing in the world to resolve to do so and so – anyone can do it, even a child – but the adhering to that resolution is an entirely different and more difficult undertaking – it requires a good healthy exercise of the will power. The child says, when its mother is correcting it, “yes, mamma, I’ll be good; I’ll not do that any more.” And the child is honest in the matter; he really intends to be good. Yet in two hours time he has forgotten his chastisement, and his resolution and he goes and does the same thing over again. There he is – his resolution all smashed to smithereens – and he is a worse child now than he was two hours ago, although he does not realize it. And so it is with men and women; too many are children yet, in this respect. They make resolutions, only to forget and break them. Don’t make a resolution unless you intent to make a good honest effort to keep it; and if you have made any good resolutions for the new year, don’t break them.