I was, in hindsight, utterly unprepared for 2017 - physically, intellectually and emotionally. 

Naively I assumed it had to be an upgrade from 2016, a year that proved my assumptions about a lot of things in life, work and the world were a bit flawed, to put it generously.

Let's just say I got that wrong, too; there was no year on year improvement.  And I see none on the horizon for 2018.  It's going to be another roller coaster. 

So if the years won't change for us, we have to change for the years.

Many of us use the New Year to pledge new things. Often it's to start: exercise, nutrition, meditation, reading, a new language, gratitude.  Sometimes it's to stop: smoking, binging, whinging, blaming, dodging.  For a few weeks, we're pretty committed.

But a resolution needs more than commitment to be successful. It requires a break with old patterns, a reorganisation of priorities and, often, finding a bit more time in a busy day. 

So while I have a lot of goals, ambitions and aspirations for the coming year, I'm only making one resolution: to get up earlier every day. 

I'll let you know how it goes.