My New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

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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 Years EveNew 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:

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”080507970X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51t0mPzFcLL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle. Lincoln has always been one of my favorite presidents and his leadership skills changed the course of history.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0307986969″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51w4LMMvcxL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]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.

10 Responses to My New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

  1. Bill December 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    My New Year resolution is to enjoy life. My wife and I just recently retired. We worked hard for over 40 years and acted responsibly both financially and in raising our children. I am not going to apologize for it as some libs feel I did not build that. Well we did and keep your grubby hands off my stuff so you can have your free stuff. I am going to continue to listen to Dom and similar venues and I will continue to adhere to my conservative principles and never back down from those who demonize or challenge them.

  2. CHARLIE (Northeast) December 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Dom:

    I will not make any resolutions this year (I never keep them anyway). For many, the
    beginning of 2013 gives you a CLEAN SLATE, but for me, it will be a continuation of 2012.
    Like everyone else, 2012 was both BAD & GOOD (in that order). MOM died on Palm
    Sunday, and my son got married in October. Without Mom being around, a Father who
    died 53 years ago, and a wife who died 10 years ago, 2013 will continue to be an empty
    time in my life.

  3. Bajeerao Patil December 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Dom, My new year resolution is to live life on life’s term. Live and let live others. Sponsor at least two poor students. Sponsor at least two villages with drinking water facility or public toilets in India. Get at least three books published. Continue to exercise daily. Get back to reading some good books. Be responsible family man and continue to work hard.

  4. Nanci January 1, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Hi Dom!

    Here are my resolutions for 2013:

    Resolution #1 – Continue to lose weight. Between February 26, 2012 and November 4, 2012, I lost a total of 55 lbs. simply by watching my food portions (I never gave anything up), when I ate, and race walking from my home in South Philly to City Hall and back five days a week. It’s typical to gain weight during the holiday season, and I’m no exception. What I have to do is to get back into my routine. I’m determined to do it, as I still have another 20-30 pounds to lose.

    Resolution #2 – Pay off some of my bills. When my brothers and sister and I wanted to do or buy something, our Dad always told us, “Get your ducks in a row first,” meaning, get your priorities in order. Unfortunately, I haven’t done this financially. My goal is to pay off five bills this year. It will mean being very strict with money, but the reward will be less debt.

    Resolution #3 – Safety. As you know, I was the victim of a home invasion and a purse-snatching. I resolve to be more vigilant and aware of my surroundings, who is around, and what is going on around me at all time. However, I won’t let what happened to me prevent me from enjoying life. I just have to be careful.

    Hopefully, I’ll be able to report positively this time next year.

    A Healthy and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Yours, Nanci

  5. marjorie January 1, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    I hope to not get too upset and worry about things I cannot do anything about. Inasmuch as I have a book that I received for Christmas that I would like read THE GRAND DESIGN by Stephen Hawking, I don’t think we should take where we came from etc. too seriously and just be nice and good to those we are in touch with on a regular basis. As I do every year, I will try to not be too hard on myself in regards to things that I want to accomplish.

  6. John Currie January 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Dom,

    First off, a healthy and Happy New Year to your family, and extended “radio” family.

    My first resolution is to spend more time with my family, more “kitchen table” time, like the old days, when not only did you eat together, but spent a good hour or so just communicating: “how is it going, how was your day, how was it at work, school?”. It was the good old days when everyone knew daddy. With the family, the basic unit of society , and organized religion, under attack, it’s time to get back to the basics.

    Resolution #2 is to be more focused, especially in my work. One of my sales managers told me once upon a time, “John, in sales you hunt with a rifle, not a shotgun” I don’t guess he ever hunted pheasants, but I got his point.

  7. Brian Schmidt January 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    My first resolution is to make sure my family is secure first and foremost. Second is to personally help only those that prove they deserve it. Third limit what I give to solely based on my accountant advice. There are too many takers to care about anymore. .

  8. Chuck Piper January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Dom,
    I have a few resolutions that I will work on this year:
    1. Spend more quality time with my family. I travel a bit with my occupation, so when I am home I want to ensure the time with my wife and daughter is well spent.
    2. Lose weight. I know, many people say this, but , darn it, I will lose that 25 pounds holding me down! This goes with the final resolution:
    3. Run a Spartan Sprint. A good friend of mine has her right amputated below the knee this past year and she is training for a triathlon. As I sit here on my bum, she is hard at work. She has motivated me to get back into shape (I was a long-distance rollerblade racer in my younger days) and complete the Spartan Sprint in July in the Poconos. My niece also told me she wants to complete a zombie run in Baltimore this year, so I guess I’ll be running two races.

  9. Dom January 23, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    All great resolutions here. I wish everyone success in achieving them.

  10. Sandy Campbell February 7, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    Hello!
    I found you through a lovely lady whom of which…just published a book, her website is doreenmcgettigan.com She is in my writers insecure support group, experienced helping the hopeful inexperienced….and I understand from her mention of you that she has been following you for years.

    I also admire the choice of books you are recommending to read…I watch “The Five” from time to time and I think Gutfelds book would be interesting.

    I am here in Ca., and I truly don’t watch much TV and radio reception here is the pits! Hemet! But I did enjoy visiting your site as Doreen suggested.

    Thanks,
    Sandy

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