Happy New Year, Healthy Soul Crew! Thanks for sticking with me. I’m not making any resolutions for 2014, only possibilities. How often do we keep resolutions? For that first week in January, don’t we just go for the gusto and dive right in? We say, ” I’m going to lose 10 lbs by January 15th.” So, we hit the gym with a vengeance and step on the scale to find that maybe we’ve only lost a pound or two. Or we decide we are going to stop smoking. We throw away those cigarettes on the 1st, but a few days later, we pull off the patch, stop chewing the Nicorette, or give in to our cravings, and go out and buy a pack of squares. Our intentions are good and the desire may be there, but can you really go from zero to sixty in five seconds flat? It takes time, and often, we are impatient and want results immediately, and when we don’t get them, we get discouraged and give up. I have learned that good intentions and desire will only get you so far, you must have a plan to succeed and a realistic timeframe to achieve it. It took me eight times to quit smoking, but it wasn’t until I really researched the effects of smoking and how other people successfully quit; prayed; and really made up my mind, that I was able to quit for good. I created a plan and stuck with it. My quit date was October 30, 2004, and I haven’t had a cigarette since. Whatever possibilities you pursue this year, create a realistic plan to achieve them. WARNING: It may not be easy and you may suffer setbacks. And you will have to give up something to achieve them, but for everything you lose, you will gain much more, and nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing that you achieved something. So, much success in turning your possibilities into realities this year.