Monday, August 11, 2003

So. Let’s say you want to become the best human you can be.

You want to improve. You want to be more than you are. You want to know twelve languages, conjugate Latin verbs, know people from every social stratum, fence, and have a chiselled physique.

Okay. Try playing The Game.

Choose three or four areas in your life that you’d like to improve. They can be broad – having more friends – to specific – learning Spanish.

Pick a goal for each of these areas, defining where you want to be 90 days from now, so you’ll know if you’ve won The Game. Be outrageous. If you want to learn Spanish, you could determine that you’ll be able to watch Telemundo and understand what’s going on.

Then, figure out what specific actions you need to do to get there. You get a Point every time you do one of these. If you want to improve your memory, then every time you do a memory exercise, you get a Point.

You’re ready to go. Slip a piece of paper in your pocket. Every day, whenever you score a Point, mark it down on the paper. I have a grid; each column is a Point category, and each row is for a day.

I predict that, in 90 days, you’ll have met your goals. More than that, I predict you’ll have surpassed them. Personally, I’m going to try. And I’ve scored 5 points so far today.

I’ll see you on the other side of 90 days.

(And if you don’t win? It’s just a Game. It’s all right! It’s okay! There’s something to live for. Jesus told me so.)

(And if you get that reference and you’re not Saalon, pat yourself on the back and go join a Coven.)

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