New year, new week, new goals. Whether you are running, driving, or riding the roller coaster of daily life, it all begins with acceleration.

Appropriate acceleration depends on your track, direction, and distance. If you are launching into orbit, you need full thrust from massive fuel tanks. Running a foot race, acceleration will depend on conditions, both yours and the distance ahead. Even if you are in a finely tuned sports car, hitting the pedal to the metal will often cause an out of control spin in place, wasting resources and going nowhere.

For daily life, acceleration is more often like a roller coaster. You start with forward progress, moving upward, with a sense of great anticipation. As you reach the first summit, take a quick look around, laugh or scream, and get ready for the ride of your life.

On your mark, get set, go. Happy 2018.