January 2nd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #713 'Three secrets to resolution success'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The start of a new year brings a lot of promises for change, for presidents as well as regular people. That’s what my letter is about today.

Dear Mr. President,

New Year’s resolutions are tricky, aren’t they? In one breath they are excellent recommitments to principles in which we believe, improvements we want to make, and projects we should undertake. On the other hand, since they usually don’t play out the way we expect, one could argue that resolutions are really just little disappointments that we tee up for ourselves at the beginning of the year.

I think part of the secret to keeping resolutions is not overreaching.