“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen LambHappy 2016? What kind of an error is that? It is NOT an error. Imagine that it is already 2016. Pushy of me isn’t it? Here you are just getting settled into 2015. What I am really asking you to consider is have you already placed some of your plans on hold? Did you make big promises to yourself as the year began only to push them to the side after the glow from the New Year began to dim? I am not talking about the inevitable lose weight, eat better, exercise more type of resolutions. There is nothing wrong with those goals, as long as you are realistic with them. I am talking about those secret big plans you have for yourself. The move you have been considering, the novel inside of you just waiting to be written, the new classes you want to take or the advanced degree you wish to seek. You consider them at least once a year and for some reason you push them aside. You decide you do not have the time or money to go back to school or that if you move you might not like your new job or your new home. Yet they keep coming back to you, these secret plans and dreams. They might not even be secret; you might occasionally discuss them with your friends. They smile and nod knowingly as you discuss your story line for that novel that you never seem to write. Where would that novel be today if one year ago you had started to write? Even if you deleted more than you had written, that novel would be on its way to become a reality. Sure, sometimes big dreams happen all at once. But not everybody wins the lottery. Most of us reach our big goals by starting out with some simple steps. Don’t delay your start because you do not have everything you need to complete your plan, get started now. You have probably read or seen this quote, which is often attributed to Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And in honor the fact that today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day: "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." Start today!