2013 was one of the best years of my life. Why? Because I had goals. Ten to be exact. I chose them because they fit a two very important criteria:
- They were achievable
- I wanted to do them
Of these 10 goals, I accomplished 5:
- I cleaned my bedroom. Twice.
- I read three good books.
- I went to see my friend Brendan in Chicago.
- I saw an awesome show.
- I went on a hike (sort of).
The rest I either half accomplished or just decided were crap goals.
For 2014, I reverted back to my old standby resolution: to have no resolution.
Because of this, 2014 objectively sucked. I gained weight, my family’s house caught fire, and the tensions over racial inequality and police brutality bubbled up to the surface of our nation’s conscience and boiled over into the streets… all because of my lack of direction.
I will not let this happen again.
Recently, I watched Nick Offerman’s 2013 comedy special “American Ham.” There’s some really good stuff in there. You should watch it. Nestled among the whimsical poop jokes and manly eyebrow movements, he hands down his version of the ten commandments -standards for how one should conduct their life.
Now if you’ve seen the special you are no doubt starting to get concerned. Let me assure you, I will not be showing up shirtless to your next party with a glorious mustache waving a pocket handkerchief and eating a raw steak.
What I’m driving at is this, and it’s something I’ve mentioned on many occasions: comedy is probably the best vehicle with which one can drive home deep truths -and this special really resonated with where I’ve been lately.
Therefore, my list this year was build from the four following criteria:
- There will be five goals. No more, no less.
- They will be achievable.
- They will be things I will enjoy doing.
- They will be imbued with the spirit of Mr. Offerman’s teachings.
So, looking forward to the future, and armed with the knowledge that failure is always an option…
Here are my 5 freshly-minted goals for 2015:
- I will write a short story that I’m really proud of.
- I will read to my little girl every day.
- I will go outside. And remain.
- I will start saving for a home.
- I will paddle my own canoe.
In conclusion, in his special Mr. Offerman attributed the following to Thomas Jefferson: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. So wish me luck, and stay tuned to see what happens in he next 365 days.
Remember you are loved,
For more information, fire up the old Netflix and watch “American Ham.” Or, if you like reading, check out Mr. Offerman’s book “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living.”