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Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation. Rental Agent: I know why we have reservations. Jerry: I don’t think you do. If you did, I’d have a car. See, you know how to take the reservations; you just don’t know how to hold the reservations. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take ‘em!Jerry’s feelings about this rental car company are the same as my feelings about New Year’s Resolutions. We’re all good at making New Year’s resolutions; we’re just not very good about keeping the resolutions. According to surveys conducted by Anthem, two out of three Americans made New Year’s resolutions in 2015, but just one month into the year, 90 percent of resolution-setters already admitted they were struggling to keep them. Resolutions to quit smoking were particularly fleeting – with 31 percent admitting abandoning that resolution during the first week. So this year, instead of making a resolution, how about starting a revolution? I don’t mean a revolution as defined in political science textbooks. What I do mean is making a sustained effort to create positive change. You might ask: isn’t that just a resolution? I refer to this as a revolution because we tend to expect revolutions to be long, messy processes. Revolutions often take a few tries to get right, whereas resolutions in our society have become like a single-elimination playoff. Messed up on January 6? Better luck next year. We still don’t like to hear it, but the real health experts will tell you the key to better health is sustainable, incremental change – not miracle pills or overnight slim downs.