It occurred to me recently that when people share their New Year’s resolutions, they tend to talk about things that point indirectly to their character: "I want to eat healthier ... I want to pay off my debt ... I want to read through the entire Bible ... " Our resolutions reflect our hopes of becoming a better "me." Though they may seem to be mere matters of behavioral modification, the fact that we always fail to keep them seems to point to a deeper problem.
If you think about it, an admission of a character flaw is almost always built into a New Year’s resolution, then quickly explained away—"I know I should do this, but I have failed to do it this year. I want to set a new goal, try harder next year and succeed."