Do you want to lose weight, give up smoking, begin an exercise program or learn a new language? Whatever your objective, don’t rely on sheer willpower alone. It won’t be enough. Instead, craft an intelligent commitment “action plan.” Communication expert Heidi Reeder draws on 15 years of experience teaching college students about commitment to provide a carefully conceived model for personal change. She dissects the meaning of commitment, how it works, the myths that undermine it and the pitfalls it harbors. Reeder may be a little too committed to formulas and categories, but getAbstract finds that her commonsense advice offers a lot of support to those who want to give up something bad or start something good.