We are nearing the end of the first quarter, and by now, most New Year’s Resolutions have been long forgotten. However, the reason for making the resolution in the first place probably hasn’t.

There is usually a purpose behind every resolution. If a person says he wants to get fit, it may be because there is an impending health issue. It could be that he just wants to look better. Either way, there is a desired end result based on something good.

The same goes for getting organized, getting out of debt, improving a relationship….the list goes on. With all the good that can come from keeping a resolution, why are they forgotten so quickly?

If you know someone who has neglected a resolution this year – and maybe that person is you – I believe addressing the 4 questions below could make all the difference in the world.

1) Do you really know what you want…and why you want it?

For the past 8 years, I have coached business owners and leaders across the U.S. and Canada. Without a doubt, this question has raised some eyebrows. I don’t have to go very deep into an organization to find people who think they know what they want, but have never really thought about why. Take some time to do this exercise yourself. Consider what it is you really want, and get to the root of why it is important to you. Journal your thoughts.

2) Do you understand what it will take to get what you want?

It is important to count the cost. Many people want something, but when it comes down to it they aren’t willing to pay the price. This is one question you must address from the outset. Every worthy goal requires sacrifice. Do you know what that price is for your goal?

3) Are you willing to make the commitment and follow through?

Even after understanding the price, some people begin the journey toward goal attainment but lose momentum well before the finish line. Often it’s because they expect to see immediate results, and they end up disappointed or discouraged. Before you begin, make sure you are willing to commit and follow through when the road gets difficult or tedious.

4) Will you ask for accountability?

If your answer to this question is yes, then you are ready to begin a journey that could change your life. If your answer is no, it could be because you aren’t truly committed. Accountability simply means that you ask another person to hold you responsible for doing what you said you would do to get what you said you want. When you do that, you are on the road to experiencing the success that eludes so many people.

Success is not always easy, but it is attainable. Addressing these 4 questions will not guarantee success, but it does put you in the best possible position to experience the kind of success you resolved to achieve.

What resolutions are you still committed to pursuing? As you consider these four questions, what do you need to do to succeed in this area?