I am not looking forward to the New Year's rush to our local gym. But I'm preparing for it.

Don't get me wrong, I will be happy to see my fellow Americans set health related goals for themselves. We all need to!

But let's be totally honest. Most will go like gangbusters for a solid month. Maybe even the fist quarter of the year.

The gym will sooner or later be less crowded as people sadly abandon their resolutions made for the New Year.

And that's what I want to write about today.

We don't HAVE to wait for January 1st to make these goals and promises to ourselves.

We can make them any day of the week!

We should, in fact, make them often!!

In fact, waiting until New Year's to make goals is like being nice to parents only on Mother's or Father's Day or patriotic only on a handful of holidays.

Of course, there's room to appreciate things and people and institutions every day of the year.

Maybe more people would meet their goals if they made them more of a routine thing instead of a once a year BIG DEAL.

So how about starting from the best place you possibly can: WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

Promise yourself that you will eat a little healthier today. Or that you will take the stairs instead of the elevator. Maybe you can promise yourself that you will go the day without swearing or smoking or driving too fast.

And make it a goal JUST FOR TODAY. One day!! We can do that, right? It's do-able!!

Thinking you have to lose weight all year long is more intimidating than thinking you will try to lose 5 pounds this month.

Break it down as they say.

After all, everything from eating food to setting goals is best done in small, manageable bites.

So set some realistic but important goals for yourself today.

Then set out to accomplish them, one day at a time.