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It’s March, and the New Year has really started, so let’s look at the scorecard for resolutions. Oh the wonderful plans…losing weight, new organizational skills, relationships, nutritional regimens…where are they now? What happened to these new vistas, goals, aspirations and good thoughts? I think the answer is that life gets in the way, aka “stuff”.  I have some goals that I need to accomplish, I won’t tell you what they are, but I was working the same scorecard you were…. “nada.”

These are important goals to me, so where was I going to find some answers to the elusive question…. How do I make those goals happen?  I went online to Google to start my quest for this Holy Grail to achieve my goals. There were some beautiful apps ready to go.

Boy, you mean all I have to do is download an app and all good things will happen? Look at their names…Way of Life, Habit Coach, Dream Tracker, Dream Chaser, Mystery Dreamer… This is a can’t miss, so let the downloading begin.

The new app came with pie charts (not good if your goal is to give up pies), graphs, hashtags, hash marks, and columns to fill out and delete daily, and special places to write endless memos to yourself. After trying for several hours to complete my goal app, I then realized I forgot what the goal was.

This was obviously not the way to fulfill my dreams. There must be a guru out there who has goals to meet constantly, deadlines to make, places to go and time that must be organized. Must I go to some far off land to meet this all seeing, all knowing person?

No! I found him. The one to give me the answer…It’s my grandson. He has school work every day, papers to write, things to do, and places to go…. he is the one to ask, the seer I needed. Right now.

I posed the question to him slowly so he could ponder this truly elusive habit about goals. What does he do to make his young life have order and get these goals and tasks completed?

And here is his answer. Here is a piece of advice that we can all use without going to extremes to make our life more complicated with graphs, flowcharts, alarms, wake up call and then frustration.

Here is his simple answer:  “Pop Pop…Write down the goal, give the goal a date to complete, and then, are you ready, post it on the refrigerator door so you see it every day, and then get started.”

I’ve deleted the app, and have posted my goal. It’s to be completed by the end of April. I will let you know, but I see it every time I visit the refrigerator for a piece of pie. Let me know your goal tracker or try this one on for size and let me know if it works for you

My friends, here is really the best advice: let’s just make our lives simpler. We really don’t need the Internet, Google, or Web MD to run our lives…. we just need common sense and the basics.

Take my advice for what it is…. It’s just as I see it.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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