Making a List and Checking It Twice

It wasn’t that long ago and we were singing “He’s making a list and checking it twice”.

I think we should keep singing that song, just change up the words a bit.  “I’m making a list and checking it twice

We are done the ‘holiday’ season, now comes the season of ‘OMG, what on earth did I do with myself last year?” The average North American gains 10+ lbs over the holidays.  We don’t make time to workout.  The weather sucks, so we walk less.  We overindulge more than the rest of the year.

OK, so what?  We are all grown ups, right?  We are entitled, right?  We earned it, right?  Well… maybe.  But, now what?  Now it’s time to make that list.

Make a list that you can live with, but also pushes you.

  • What did I do wrong?
  • How could I improve?
  • What didn’t I do?
  • Did I make a list?
  • Did I have a specific goal?
  • Did I actually work toward that goal?
  • Was my goal actually achievable?
  • Did I seek support?
  • Is my goal still the same?

Am I done looking back at my inadequacies?  That answer should be YES.

Here’s what’s next

  1. Make five achievable goals
    • physical health
    • mental health
    • financial health
    • family health
    • spiritual health
  2. Write those goals down
  3. Tell someone your goals
  4. Put a timeline on your goals
  5. Plan to celebrate your goals achievement

This is not about New Year’s Resolutions.  We know that those don’t work.  These things you have listed are about ways you can make this next year more in line with your dreams and goals.


I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.
Neil Gaiman
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