Each year on my birthday, I write my goals for the coming year. 43 will be a jigsaw puzzle. Everything has to come together to make the big picture beautiful.
1. Make my wife feel special every day.
Well, at the very least appreciated. We're great partners. But I'm not always a good husband. Doing the dishes or getting the girls dressed doesn't mean much if I snap at her or forget to ask about her day. So I'm going to put our relationship first. I'm going to be patient. Listen. And scratch her back before she asks.
2. Don't lose my cool with the girls.
I don't want them to remember the scary Dad who yells and storms off. They love the silly Dad who wears tiaras and gets dirty doing art projects. The Dad who listens and helps. Be that Dad all the time.
3. Keep a good exercise and sleep routine.
I stay up way too late one night and fall asleep in the middle of a bedtime story the next. When I do finally get in bed, I only roll over to sleep after my phone smacks me in the face.
So I'm going to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up 20 minutes early to exercise. (And no more endlessly scrolling through my social streams in bed.)
4. Rock my new job.
I wanted more responsibility. So after 15 years of working for advertising agencies, I made the leap to the client side. Going into the holidays, I need to hire a new agency, restructure my team and rebrand the company. Be careful what you wish for.
5. Become a serial entrepreneur.
6. Help make #CMsummit16 awesome.
Outside of my family, CreativeMornings/Austin is the most fulfilling thing I've ever been a part of. We just won the pitch to host the second summit for organizers from over 130 chapters around the world. Part conference. Part workshops. All party.
The first summit in Brooklyn last year changed my outlook on what is possible to accomplish in life. We have until next Fall to figure out how we're going to top it.
I've been sharing my birthday goals since I turned 39. You can review how I've grown here.