When I taught high school, I preached the importance of having goals to my students. At the start of the school year and at New Year’s, I stressed how setting goals plays a big part in your success.
I still make goals and success plans for myself. I actually have an archive of sorts of each year’s goals. Early in my broadcasting career, I reached out to speaker’s bureaus to be considered for their roster of speakers. One bureau owner, after reviewing my tape and bio, wrote a particularly nasty rejection letter telling me there was no way I had the talent to be a paid professional speaker.
I kept that letter as motivation.
Years later, after receiving a $10,000 fee to speak at a national conference, I xeroxed the check and sent the woman a note that I was thrilled that her professional assessment of me did not come true. I really enjoyed proving her wrong…and thoroughly enjoyed writing and sending that letter!
So you can tell that I take goal-setting quite seriously.
New Year’s is when I ramp up my planning. My “professional” resolutions for the New Year are quite extensive (and quite boring). I work with my “Team Giordano” braintrust on a detailed business plan for the new year.
Every year it gets more thorough and extensive. I map out the things I want to do to improve the radio show, new projects (like this blog and my e-newsletter) and my outside business interests. I will definitely share some of that in a future blog post.
But this blog post is about New Year’s resolutions. And I love resolutions- making them, assessing my progress and, especially achieving them (I guess that comes from my ultra-competitive personality!).
I decided that rather than pick the traditional “get in shape” type of resolutions, this year’s list would be personal (and a bit whimsical)…
RESOLUTION #1: PLAY MORE GOLF
I love golfing and I can’t wait for my first golf outing of the year (as soon as the weather breaks the 50-degree mark, I’ll be on a course somewhere!). My son DJ gave me a package of Nitro golf balls for Christmas, and that is adding to my golf itch.
About 10 years ago, a friend and I played on New Year’s Eve at Pine Hill Golf Course (now called Trump National Golf Course) in New Jersey and the weather was a balmy 70 degrees…I hope the weather gods will be cooperative this winter! As soon as they do, I hope to be spending lots of time on the course with my son Luke and my good friend, Dave Caddick.
RESOLUTION #2: DO MORE BLOGGING
I did a lot of research before launching this blog and my Insider’s Club e-newsletter. Most of the talk show hosts who had websites had what were called “static” sites in which the content did not change too often (or not at all). I wanted my site to be blog-driven and serve as an extension of my radio show.
Unfortunately, I am self-conscious and a perfectionist. I did not want to put out “self-promotional drivel;” and I did not want to produce something that was anything but my best effort.
I actually had many blog posts and e-newsletter editions that I simply chose not to publish because I did not feel they were my absolute best effort. Last month, my braintrust suggested I share these unpublished pieces with some “beta readers” to provide some unbiased feedback (a special thank you to those of you I reached out to). Their opinions and feedback were incredibly helpful.
Bottom line: I will resist my tendencies to be a perfectionist and put out more of my blog posts and e-newsletters. Promise.
RESOLUTION #3: MORE CASH MOBS
This fall, I put out the idea of a “Dom G. Cash Mob” in which we pick a worthy small business and open up our collective wallets to support them. I had a great time in October when a group of us went to dinner at Marlene Mangia Bene in Woodbury, New Jersey.
Adding to the great story behind this first “cash mob” was that I discovered that this restaurant was started by a few of my former high school students. It was a great meal and a great time. I am thrilled to recommend Marlene Mangia Bene to anyone who loves Italian food. It is worth the trip to Woodbury. Call them at 856-848-8488…and tell them “Mr. Giordano sent you.”
RESOLUTION #4: MORE READING
I get lots of books sent to me at the radio station from authors, publishers and book publishers seeking interviews on my radio show. Most of these books are excellent (unfortunately I cannot bring every single author on my radio show), but I am always in deadline mode trying to read the book before the scheduled interview.
Rushed reading to me is never enjoyable. I want to devote more time to personally curling up to books I want to read, and that is my goal for 2013.
The two books on my nightstand that I am reading for purely personal enjoyment are:
The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph Over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage by Greg Gutfeld. I interviewed Greg on my WPHT radio show and he engages pop culture in a brilliant and biting way. He really lays out the steps conservatives need to take.
RESOLUTION #5: DOMTOWN, USA
Earlier this year on my radio show, I came up with a spur-of-the-moment throw-away line about an imaginary place called “DomTown, USA.” I said this was the conservative’s version of Lake Wobegone, the brilliant creation of Garrison Keillor.
Of course, in “DomTown,” we talked about a town that welcomed businesses (particularly small businesses) with a business-friendly climate, honest elections, honest elected officials, laws that were grounded in common sense and an educrat-free school system, for starters.
While DomTown was purely fictional, I received tons of e-mails and voicemails from listeners who enjoyed our tongue-in-cheek imaginary town. I resolve that we will definitely have more fun this coming year with the sleeply little hamlet that is “DomTown!”
So Happy New Year to everyone. Thank you for all you support- you made it a great year for me, both professionally and personally,
So what are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? Submit yours in the comments section below.