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With 2013 just days away, The Extra took to the streets to find out what southsiders had up their sleeves as New Year’s resolutions.

Each year, Scots almost unanimously vow to drink less, get fit, work harder and generally better themselves.

However, it is only the select few who stick by their promise to themselves.

In a recent study, Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, asked 700 people about their strategies for achieving new year resolutions.

More than 70 per cent failed in their goals.

He said: “Many of the most successful techniques involve making a plan and helping yourself stick to it.”

Making new year resolutions at the last minute can backfire, he warned, because such decisions tend to be less genuinely motivated.

“If you do it on the spur of the moment, it probably doesn’t mean that much to you and you won’t give it your all”.

But how will these southsiders fair?

Audrey Kinvig, a 52-year-old cleaner from Newton Mearns plans, among other things, to do more charity work this year.

She told The Extra: “The Salvation army are always there to help people in need so I want to show my thanks to them by volunteering.

“I also hope to get my health back on track and as always, do as much as I can for my family and friends”.

Jo Finch, a 23-year-old bar woman from Newton Mearns said: “I have always taken my fitness very seriously but I hope to challenge myself even more this year.

“The success of the GB Olympics team in the summer has inspired me to give rowing a go, I plan to join a club in the new year and push myself as hard as I can”.

Russell Johnston — a 26-year-old studying civil engineering and shopping in Shawlands — added: “I am getting to the end of my time at university so I really want to kick that up a gear and study as hard as I can to give me the best chance of a job when I graduate. It is not easy out there.

“I’d also like to cut Irn Bru from my diet — I can’t resist a can of ginger!”

Finlay Macinnes (19) works in Shawlands as a waiter and has the same resolution every year.

He told The Extra: “Like clockwork, again and again, I say I am going to quit smoking, but I never do. Hopefully this time I will stick to my word.

“I will also try and be 
more careful with my money and perhaps drink a little less!”