Resolution: it may be realistic to set a goal of losing 20 pounds, giving up smoking, exercising more, or writing a book, but what are the parameters of these goals? If you resolve to lose 20 pounds in one month, that may not be a very realistic goal; if you’ve never exercised before and you resolve to hit the gym five times a week, you may quickly lose steam. And writing a book in a month isn’t really do-able either.
Goal: Goals aren’t ideas we dream up overnight, they are changes we have been thinking about for a long time, desires that burn deep inside of us. Timing is important—we have to be ready to make our dreams a reality. January 1st may not be the right time.