It’s a new year and time to prepare as best we can for all of the surprises this world has to offer. I, for one, have quite a few deadlines in 2021 and I need to work consistently and patiently in order to achieve my various goals. The beginning of a new year is always a perfect time to hit “reset” and begin to make changes in your personal life, professional life, home life, and so much more.

First things first, I am going to make a commitment to my health. I have taken the “shelter in place” directive seriously and because of that I have not been outdoors and moving about as much as I would like. I must prioritize my physical health so that I am able to do all of the things I would like for myself, my family and friends and my community. I bought an exercise bike and have already begun to build a community of like-minded individuals who want to be sure to exercise a bit more in the new year.

A new year is always a great time to reassess and possibly begin to build a new and stronger foundation if needed. This global pandemic has given some a time to pause and reflect on what really matters in their life. Hopefully 2021 feels like a new moment to think about what really matters to you and how you can better contribute to the world you’d like to see.

I must set some goals for myself in 2021. In addition to exercise, I want to recommit myself to reading for pleasure. There are so many great authors who write beautifully in order to help us better understand ourselves and the world around us. My first book of 2021 will be “I Came as a Shadow” by John Thompson and Jesse Washington. It’s an autobiography of the famed Georgetown Coach John Thompson, but from first glance, this book is so much more than a book about basketball. I knew of Coach Thompson since his days coaching Patrick Ewing and then Allen Iverson. I always knew he was a man of great dignity and drive and I cannot wait to read the words of wisdom he left us before his passing just a few months ago.

Whatever your preparation for 2021 may be, know that setting an intention will help you get closer to the goal, no matter how large or small. I also look forward to discussing politics and culture with you in these pages for another year. If you have questions, comments, or issues you would like discussed, please feel free to tweet me at @Dr_CMGreer. Happy new year to you and I thank Elinor Tatum and the Amsterdam News for the opportunity for another great year together.

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and also What’s In It For Us podcast.