VIENNA - As 2013 gives way to 2014 today, many people will follow the old tradition of making resolutions to make some sort of change in their lives.
Unfortunately for some, that resolution is abandoned after a few weeks or, in some cases, days.
Recently a survey of a few area residents at Grand Central Mall in Vienna found many still make resolutions or have hope for changes.
Shelley Smith, of Parkersburg, said she made one regarding her family.
"Mine is about spending more time with my grandson," she said. "That's something that is needed more in families today."
Smith said she wants to work with her grandson to give him a head start in school.
"I used to go out and go to parties for New Year's but today it's all about them," she said.
Amy Williams, of Vienna, said she had three goals in her resolution.
"I want to be closer to the Lord, take better care of myself and be a better mother," she said. "I think about my resolutions all year, it's not something I come up with one night a year."
Dave Wickline, of Parkersburg, said he plans to make the same resolution he's made for the past 10 years.
"I'd like to lose a little weight and get healthy," he said.
Wickline said like others he has tried in the past to make a resolution stick with varying degrees of success.
"I give it a good attempt," he said. "But by the time March and spring arrive, that effort falls by the wayside."
"Ours is to get married," said Bob Sellers and Bonnie Cale, both of Parkersburg. "So far I haven't thought of any others."
Cale said other than getting married she hadn't thought of any resolutions for 2014.
Kim Westfall, of Coolville, said she's not worried about resolutions this year.
"I'm not going to make any this year," she said.
In an article from psychcentral.com, John M. Grohol, a doctor psychology, said there are five steps to take to make a resolution succeed.
First, he said it is important to pick a realistic goal and, second, is to define specific goals in that resolution. Just stating you want to change jobs or lose weight is not specific enough, he said.
Third, is to set a schedule, followed by the fourth step, which was not to be discouraged or upset by setbacks. His fifth step is to enlist help. He said the help could be in the form of a professional, a family member, a friend or some type of formal support group.
Grohol added at the end some resolutions are not meant to go further than News Year's Eve.
"Not every New Year's resolution was meant to be kept. Some are easier to keep than others," he wrote. "Sometimes it helps for a person to make a few fun resolutions you know are unrealistic and have no intentions of keeping. Since you'll break those right away, you will then have more time and energy to focus on the real ones.
"This may or may not work for everyone, so give it a try."
Historians have traced setting resolution to the time of the ancient Romans. Our modern month of January is named for Janus, a mythical king of early Rome. As such, he was placed at the head of the calendar.
Janus, the legends said, had two faces, one allowed him to look back on past events and the other allowed him to look to the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions