The most common new years resolutions are related with diet and exercise. Lucky for me, I've got that part of my life dialed down. I have to sweat once a day to feel normal, and eating meat and veggies is just a routine fact now. Being healthy just makes me feel better, so I have developed the habits to help me live my best life, and now it's second nature. I used to have lots of athletic goals related to figure shows or CrossFit, like a muscle up or 200# back squat, but not anymore. I just want to be healthy and happy and sweat once a day.

What doesn't come so natural is effective networking and natural relationships. I am an introvert, so I tend to keep to myself and don't make a lot of effort to meet people or to stay in touch. I know the value in good relationships, and I know a strong network and support system is crucial, I just don't know how to do it and it makes me uncomfortable. It is always a goal of mine to cultivate better community in my life, but I fail with lack of a concrete plan. But now I have one, and it's called The Name Game.

The Name Game is simply creating a list of everyone I meet. Having a running list will hold the record and keep me accountable. The requirement is just that I get a new person's name, so that we make the connection deep enough. It's a simple as that, but it's also motivating for me to write it down and document it.

Last night at the gym I saw a guy who I know I have met before at a Young Life function, but we clearly don't know each other. So while he was stretching, I went up and introduced myself and we chatted for a while. Chris makes it as the first one on my list.

So it's that simple. It's a way to help me get out of my shell, spark up conversation and make more connections.