The encyclopedia says a New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. Popular resolutions include getting out of debt, losing weight, getting organized, quitting smoking, and spending more time with family and friends.

Here at the Tidewater Review, our 2014 resolutions involve health and finances. Some resolutions include: getting fit, saving money, and smarter eating.

It is said that 35 percent of our plans won't make it past January, while the rest of us are destined to fail sometime in the new year, with only a few maintaining the motivation all year.

If you'd like to be a part of the minority in 2014 who stick to their resolutions, experts recommend that you put things into perspective, create realistic goals and start small.

Instead of telling yourself you have to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing five pounds at a time.

Instead of quitting smoking cold turkey, start gradually and think about joining a support group or talking to your doctor for some help.

The successes, not matter how small, will keep you motivated.

And remember to be honest with yourself, don't resolve just to resolve. Make a resolution you care about. Don't just shout one out as the clock strikes midnight signaling a last minute dash. If you don't believe in your goal, you won't succeed.

Just like most of us do on our weekly trips to the grocery store, write down your resolution and create a plan to help you keep track of your progress. While some people lose their resolution in the champagne toast on New Year's Eve, seeing things on paper often helps us remember not to forget.

New Year's resolutions date back to the Babylonians. It's one of the longest-lasting traditions and a good way to start anew, fresh for a new chapter.

As Robert Burns said in his famous song "Auld Lang Syne," which simply means "the good old days,":

And here's a hand, my trusty friend, And gie's a hand o' thine;

We'll take a cup o' kindness yet

For auld lang syne

Good Luck and we wish you health and happiness in the New Year.