By Melissa Mollohan

Lose weight. Procrastinate less. Be more spontaneous. Blah blah blah.

Those are the standard responses to the question, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”

And with the new year now in full swing and a presidential campaign just around the corner, the one word on everyone’s mind is change.

But how many people actually lose those 10 pounds?

Not many.

Sheryl Crow tells us a change will do us good, but many people break their resolutions before they begin their path to change.

Why is this?

“I’m not a psychologist, but, in my opinion, the reason that so many people fail to follow through on their new year’s resolutions is that they try to make drastic changes overnight,” said Patrick Mathieu in his blog on Powerofmortality.com.

Mathieu is an inspirational speaker who says he likes to focus on goals one day at a time instead of one year at a time.

Mathieu suggests making a resolution not to make any more resolutions.

“You can change a major aspect of your personality overnight – provided that you are only trying to change it one day at a time,” Mathieu writes. “As if you commit to doing that each and every day, I believe you can have anything you desire in 2008. Make it an outstanding year by making each day an outstanding day.”

One piece of advice when it comes to making a new year’s resolution, if you choose to do so, is to aim for something that is achievable.

There’s no point in wasting time.

Just because making a New Year’s resolution is a popular tradition doesn’t mean you have to participate.

Actually, according to ABCNews.com, the reasons for many of the traditions of new year’s are superstitious.

For example, the reason we kiss someone at midnight on the eve of the new year is for good luck.

The Web site said that according to a German legend, the first person you have contact with in the new year would bring you good luck the whole year through.

And an ancient Chinese myth even says that shooting fireworks on New Year’s Eve will scare spirits away.

So come next New Year’s Eve, grab your champagne, your partner and your lighter and make a resolution you will actually keep.