The Hebrew month of Elul is a month dedicated to preparation for Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur, the days of judgment and atonement. The modern world is all about quick fix, microwave dinner, instant download. We get impatient when an email from thousands of miles away takes more than ten seconds to arrive. But most meaningful accomplishments take time. And our character is one of the things that takes a while to make a change to.
From the beginning of Elul until Yom Kippur is about 40 days which is the general amount of time it takes to make a significant change. Between now and tomorrow evening is the time to make a plan. Its ideal to have a plan in place by Thursday night for the days ahead.
What could you do during a 40 day period to make yourself a better person? Of course, traditionally there is an assessment of the year to date, what specific wrongs need to be righted, etc. But now is the time to come back to God. What can you do to return to Him.
Be realistic. What can you accomplish in these 40 days?