Gib’s 2013 Resolutions

quit smoking, exercise, loose weightOn January 8th, our “do it all” associate, Kathy Clark wrote a wonderful blog entitled, “This year I will…” where she discusses her 2013 resolutions. I subscribe to her SMART techniques of goal setting as she is one of the most goal oriented people I have ever met. She has transformed herself from a non-runner two years ago into a competitive half Marathoner completing three in the last year. Our firm takes goal setting very seriously and achieves most of our goals both for our company and for our clients year in and year out. However, for those of you know me well, I like to poke fun at established ways of thinking and other sacred cows like our governmental and societal hypocrisy, established religious rituals, holidays, people who take themselves too seriously and yes....Top 10 lists of New Year’s Resolutions. So I will give you my Top Ten Resolutions that I am sure will have as much credence as what I plan to give up for Lent!

  1. Not pull away from the gasoline pump with the hose in the tank like I did three times in 2012. In fact, I clanked down Battleground with Exxon’s hose attached to my car this past July. I looked like my dog, Tye, after he’s been in the garbage when I slinked back to Exxon placing the extracted hose back to the pump.
  2. Not to be pulled aside by TSA & questioned about knives, shotgun shells, or wine openers in my travel bag. Over the last two years, I have been stopped on three separate occasions for having each in my bag. They were not impressed or amused and my picture now adorns most TSA checkpoints.
  3. Not leave my wallet, passport, credit card, or cell phone at the Delta, US Airways, United, Frontier, Alaska Air etc. counter as I have done enumerable occasions. Unfortunately, I have already failed in 2013 leaving my wallet both at the Delta counter and in the TSA bind last week.
  4. Resolve myself to the fact that professional election pollsters have it down to a science and yes….he could be re-elected which leads me to ask the obvious question, “What is the collective IQ of this country?”
  5. Lose three of the six chins added over the holidays.
  6. To share with everyone on Facebook every mundane facet of my day from bathroom activities, gastronomical delights, and post pictures from every fantastic vacation taken.
  7. To share on twitter every achievement of my children like making a C in Freshman English or their exciting exploits on spring breaks in Florida.
  8. Have a beer with humanitarian and all around great guy, Lance Armstrong.
  9. Duck hunt with a Bushmaster AR with an extended clip...very sporting.
  10. Meet with Manti Te’o after he’s drafted and has a little coin in his pocket to discuss portfolio design that includes investments like Tyco, Enron, WorldCom, Washington Mutual, and Pan Am.

Just to prove that I am not completely cynical or acerbic, there are three goals I try to accomplish every day. We’ve all been moved by Jimmy Valvano’s ESPY speech given almost 20 years ago. In that famous speech he said, "We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, and you’re going to have something special."

Thankfully, I have had a heck of lot of great days by laughing, thinking and crying. If you can do these three things, it helps get through the zingers that life dishes out daily. Have a wealthy and most importantly, healthy 2013 and take some time to laugh, to think and to cry.