Doug Giles

Did 2005 absolutely kick the stuffing out of you?  It did?  That’s gotta hurt, now doesn’t it?   Hey man, I feel your pain.  For me, 1999 wasn’t as pretty as I would have liked it to be.  Twelve months of suckiness kind of makes you want to get plowed this holiday season and just forget about it, eh? 

Look, if this past year was lackluster on one or many different fronts, please forego becoming a pouting poodle curled up in the fetal position bemoaning your existence and get a Bulldog Attitude for ‘06.   Yeah, Dinky, you can trade in your temporarily tortured existence this coming new year by bouncing off the pavement from ‘05’s face plant, if and only if, you get the Bulldog Attitude.

Regardless of how in the red you might be financially, how you might have blown it relationally, or if you have just mucked up your professional life—if you still have a little game in you and you want to jerk the slack out of your sagging life and cease to be a Poodle, then boy, have you landed on the right column today.

It can be done, and here are five surefire things that’ll help you make the leap out of being a whiny, non-productive, deficit-addled poodle and into a scrappy Bulldog.

1. Find Your Groove.  What flicks your switch?  If you could do whatever you wanted, and it was righteous and somewhat feasible—what would you do?  You have got to define your passion.  Take the time to figure out what stirs your heart.  Pinpoint it.  Write it down and do it now.  Don’t play around. Bulldogs aren’t indecisive.  Quit floating around about being a philosopher or an army man or a secret agent or a brain surgeon, OK, Jethro?  People with the Bulldog Attitude know exactly what they want, and they don’t mess with anything else.

Yeah, bulldogs might have a few side interests, but principally they jam to a solid, funky, bottom line bass note that is clear and unchanging.  You must be able to spit out with absolute clarity what you are all about, that which you live for, what you want from life . . . personally, familially and vocationally.  Define what you want, when you want it and in what quantity.  If you don’t—you will be a “woulda-shoulda-coulda” Poodle the rest of your life.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.