Are you one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions? If so, you are right down to the wire in deciding what those resolutions will be.

Are you one of the relatively small percentage of Americans who actually KEEP their New Year’s resolutions? If so, congratulations! You inspire all of us.

Did you know that people who formally make New Year’s resolutions—they declare them in some formal way by writing them out or stating them to a friend or colleague—are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions?

Perhaps that is because writing something out requires at least a little bit of forethought and some planning—and successfully keeping a resolution seems to be related to how much thoughtfulness and planning go into it before actually trying to put it into action.

Centuries ago, the prophet Micah put into words some of the most important resolutions that any of us can make when he wrote, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Such a fundamentally important list: do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. These are resolutions that we can each renew at the beginning of a year—things that we can explicitly think about, commit to, and act upon.

Happy New Year! May we each be blessed and be a blessing in the new year.