Erik Marshall raises the question:
...I have found that it's never pointless to hope for the better. Sure, we'll mess up. But the only sure-fire plan to keep making the same errors is to not care or not push ourselves to correct our weaknesses. Why not make goals? Why not hope for the better? How is the future ever not bright?
Check out Erik's entire post, "Are New Year's Resolutions Pointless?" here.