January motivates me. Something about a new beginning. The promise of a better year ahead. The chance to start over. Like most people, I always enjoy a fresh start and a chance to make life better. What about you? Are you making resolutions and setting goals for 2012?

The good news is we’re not alone; technology is on our side. Use a Smartphone to track goals and stay motivated this year. Research shows that less than half of people who make New Years Resolutions actually keep them. Use these apps to defy the odds and make 2012 the year you achieve everything you desire.

Apps to keep you on track in 2012 . . .

Joe's Goals

A free tracking tool to monitor habits and daily goals.

Strengths: ease of use, simplicity, and daily score keeps you motivated.

Best for: keeping track of short term objectives -- things you need or want to do every day or week, such as exercising or writing your daily blog.

43 Things

Free social goal-making site that helps you connect with others to inspire and motivate you to try new things.

Strengths: social, inspirational, and connects to Facebook account.

Best for: getting support with reaching your goals from an Internet community, especially for reaching difficult goals.

GoalsOnTrack

A detailed goal tracking, task management, and time management service. Membership is $68 per year - it's BBB accredited and offers a 60-day money back guarantee.

Strengths: slideshow feature included to help you "subconsciously find ways to achieve your goals," integrated calendar and journal for creating an action plan.

Best for: anyone looking for a full-featured goal planning/achievement system.

Lifetick

A personal or professional goal achievement that acts like a personal trainer for your mind.

Strengths: email reminders to help you achieve SMART goals, with accessibility from smartphones, and a mobile Web version for iPhone, Android, and Palm users. Free version for up to 4 goals. (Paid version is affordable at $20 a year, with unlimited goals, journal tools and live stat updates.)

Best for: mobile devise accessibility and utilization of the SMART methodology of goal setting.

Don't Break The Chain!

"Don't Break the Chain is a simple calendar designed with the Jerry Seinfeld motivation technique in mind. As explained on Lifehacker, Seinfeld's productivity secret was to use a giant calendar and mark off each day he completed his writing task; the growing chain of red X's encouraged him to maintain his desired habits."

Strengths: simple and straightforward app that works best for achieving a single goal. Can be integrated with iGoogle and Google Chrome.

Best for: visual learners who have one large goal to achieve.

ToodleDo

"One of the best to-do list apps available today!"

Strengths: a powerful to-do list that creates action plans to help you reach goals.

Best for: tracking tasks and goals in one single place.

Now it's up to you, pick an app and get going making 2012 the year you defy the odds and reach your goals! If I can do it, so can you. We're in this together.