People excitedly make New Year's resolutions

POSTED: 05:56 PM PST Dec 30, 2012    UPDATED: 12:05 PM PST Dec 31, 2012 
New Year's 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

When the clock strikes midnight - out with the old, in with the new life.

"My New Year's resolution is to be the husband my wife deserves," Bob Hodes said.

"Forgiveness, talking about forgiveness. To find one thing, person, or event to forgive. I think you can't really move forward unless you're willing and able to do that," Louise Harrison said.

"I may also, like everyone else, try to exercise more and lose weight, and of course fail to do that," Hodes said.  

Hodes steps toward 2013 with a new plan -- one he admits might now work.

"People rely on the fact that they say they don't have the will power and they let themselves off the hook. It really has nothing to do with will power, it has to do with making choices," Hodes said.

Studies show forty five percent of all people make New Years resolutions. Some of the most popular -- to lose weight, eat healthier, and quit smoking.  

Here's what some followers had to say on Facebook about their 2013 goals:

Rene: "To completely cheer for my husband's football team without hesitation -- even though it's not mine."

Katie: "To wake up every morning and say what i'm thankful for."

Lexi: "I want to give myself to the community."

Samantha: "No texting during meals."

"When you move to a new place, start anew year, get married, go to a new area, you feel a sense of that you can be better person and fulfill the dreams you have," Hodes said.
     
Studies show less than half of people actually achieve their resolutions -- so you need a plan.

"Putting things in place to make sure those things take place, like finding time in your life for them, scheduling it in and making sure other things in your life don't interfere and really making it a priority in your life," Hodes said.
 
While some doubt resolutions ever work, Hodes said life can be lived the right way whenever you're ready to start.   

"Youth is wasted on the young. I wish I knew then what I know now. I think resolutions are the same way you kind of feel like you've become older and wiser and you can use this as a time to get started  and take advantage of that," Hodes said.  

There's no time like the present.