All of the headlines during the first week of a new year state something about a “new year – new you.” Although I’m guilty of using that term in the past, depending on the situation, it may denote to some that there’s something wrong with you and it needs to be fixed. We all make resolutions to start a new year, but what is a resolution really? By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. We get all excited and determined to keep these resolutions but then 2-3 weeks later we start to allow other “things” get in the way of our achievements. This year instead of just saying you will do something and try to stick with it, set goals. Make yourself daily or weekly appointments to carve out the time necessary to reach your goals. Schedule time on your calendar, block it off and don’t allow anyone to take up that time. You can also schedule time with your spouse or a friend to keep you on track. Block the particular hour (or two) for the entire year and stick with it until you have achieved your goal. Our minds have been programmed to ignore the word “resolution.” Set goals, not resolutions. Give this a try this year. Let me know how it works out for you! May you have a safe and blessed New Year.