According to polls, almost all Americans — about 88 percent of us — plan to make New Year’s resolutions this year.

That’s good. But this isn’t: More than half of those resolutions are abandoned (or broken) on January 2.

Another 10 percent will be forgotten (or broken) on January 3.

By April 1, more than 90 percent of those good intentions will have mutated into regrets and rationalizations.

It’s a shame… but this isn’t going to happen to you.

I am 100 percent sure that 2010 will be the best and most productive year of your life. You will make more money, enjoy better health, and accomplish more than ever before in a single year.

And you’re going to start today. Not tomorrow. Today.

You do it by making a simple commitment. So do that right now.

Take out a piece of paper and write: “2010 will be the best year of my life.” Then sign it and put it someplace where you will see it every now and then. This a contract with the part of you that wants to succeed — the part that keeps you reading ETR.

Making that commitment is the most important thing you can do today. It is the step that sets you in motion, the critical first step on the path to accomplishing all your major goals.

But the next step — and this is critical too — is to have a proven system to accomplish those goals.

To help you, the folks at Early to Rise have created a program that incorporates just about every success secret I have discovered and used. It will give you daily and weekly guidance in setting and achieving your goals. It will also provide you with a mentor who will coach you along the way.

You’ll find out what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. You’ll get specific advice on how to accomplish more by working less (but smarter) and becoming more focused.

I’m talking about the Epiphany Alliance program, helmed by success mentor Bob Cox. It is amazingly powerful — and I strongly recommend it.

[Ed. Note: Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Palm Beach Letter. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.]

Mark Morgan Ford

Mark Morgan Ford was the creator of Early To Rise. In 2011, Mark retired from ETR and now writes the Wealth Builders Club. His advice, in our opinion, continues to get better and better with every essay, particularly in the controversial ones we have shared today. We encourage you to read everything you can that has been written by Mark.