Last year’s ambitious listing, while I am in the mood to own-up to past blunders, was somewhat more than I could handle. I had gone to the PG Library and I had researched the most effective documents on the Seven Most Formidable Resolutions and the Men Who Make Them website. I also read several biography’s of ambitious men from different and respected arenas including business politics and NASCR and then tried to adopt their productive habits.
Then, I categorized my 2010 resolution index into sections and sub headings, cross referenced them to my goal register (as suggested by the website). Later in the year I refocused the document and made several addendum's which I had printed onto a different colors of paper corresponding to update and topic.
I had heard that placing ones resolution list in full, constant view would help me to remember it daily, serve as a constant reminder of the commitments I had made in the same fashion as Lee Iaccoca, Newt Gingrich and Jeff Gordon (who will be sponsored by Giganto Mart soon, so he has to be doing something good). However, I couldn’t find a magnet big enough to hold the pages let alone it’s binding to the fridge. I ended up placing it on the kitchen table where it could double as a booster seat for height challenged visitors at dinner - an unexpected bonus that gave us easier access to the phone book.
As impressive as it was, my personalized goal catalogue proved too much for me. I didn't have the heart to trash it, so I returned it to the universe as fire fodder in a simple but elegant ceremony. I refused to cry. Gone are the categories of gregarious goals and aspirations. I said goodbye to the spreadsheets and pie chart targets as they fluttered up the chimney.
I have eliminated my plans for world domination and a six pack – abs, you know. And my wish for an English cottage garden for the back yard with a stone bridge has instead turned into buying a perennial or two and making the kids plant them.
So here’s my new list: Walk more, drink more water and buy some better teeth. Pray. Be nice to people and show my wife and family I love them. (The last one came from my kids.)
That’s it. That’s the list. And it takes almost no space, no giganto-magnets or duct tape. It just needs a glance a day and the guts to follow through. I'm sure Mr.'s Iaccoca and Gordon would approve.