I've never been able to make New Year's resolutions because I am a perfectionist. I don't hold others to an impossible standard, but in myself, I have trouble not seeing anything less than perfection as failure. I don't make resolutions because you don't set a goal to be so-so, and I already know that I could never live up to any goal I would set, so why set myself up for failure? Add to this the fact that taking stock of where I could improve is in essence taking stock of where I have failed. Ouch.
I don't know that I will ever make resolutions, but this year I have decided to make a few goals. I have decided to set them while keeping this quote in mind:
You have not failed until you quit trying. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
Because you can never be perfect, but you are never closer to perfect than when you are trying.