With just days to go before we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012, I've been thinking a lot about New Year's Resolutions. I make them every year and I almost always fail to follow them. The goal is set but is generally forgotten by the fourth or fifth day. Maybe this year I will have better luck.

New Year's. For many, it means starting from a clean slate and moving forward with a new and positive outlook. The bad of the previous year can be put behind you and it's smooth sailing forward. Personally, I'm still falling short of my resolution from three years ago which is to lose weight. That's the goal again for 2012.

Now that I've put that out there, I've gotta do it this time. There is an accountability factor - you all know what I want to do. In a year, it will be pretty bad if I fail again. Motivation is great especially on a large scale like this. One of the main reasons many people don't succeed is because of the size of the goal.

I want to lose a substantial amount of weight. We will leave it at that. Today, we are airing a story from the Townsquare News Network about why people don't follow their plans - it's about realism. If you set a goal that's really hard to get to or something you know going in will be tough, chances are you'll fail. The advice is simple - start out small. The more realistic and obtainable the goal, the more likely you are to reach it.

Psychologist Dr. Stephen Tobias talks about this in today's story. He says "You may need to lose 100 pounds, but start with twenty. You also should break those goals down. You're not going to do it all at once. Set markers for yourself." I think this time I will be following that advice. Sounds good to me.