The clock has struck midnight, 2012 has given way to 2013, and with that, as in past years, resolutions are made.

All kinds of resolutions.

Some are the standards: Lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking, dress better, act better, save money, spend less, no more fast food, call friends more often, etc.

Some are strange or unrealistic: Become a party king, become a world record holder, break a law or learn useless facts.

About.com posted a story recently on the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions. All are realistic and attainable. Time magazine has a story on the Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions.

Interesting how some topics are on both lists!

Nowadays, the number of people who do and do NOT make resolutions are close. Some studies have shown that 45% of Americans make resolutions and 38% do not.

Similar studies show that 8% are successful in achieving their resolution, 49% have infrequent success and 24% never succeed and fail on their resolution each year.

So why bother?

Well, again, the same study says people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

Remember, it's better to try and fail than to not try at all.

You know you will make some kind of resolutions. And chances are you won't keep them. But isn't that the fun of it?