Last week, at a Vancouver Board of Trade Ambassador’s Club meeting, I was treated to a short lecture by North Vancouver businesswoman and executive coach, Lisa Martin.  The theme of the lecture was that everyone should take time to do something for themselves periodically.

While she was thinking about going to a spa or getting a massage, I was concerned with how everything seems to snowball on you and get out of control.  It made sense for me because I’ve been busier than a cat trying to bury a shit on a marble floor lately. All I really had to show for it was an opportunity to recover from a heart attack.

I thought it might be helpful to form a self-help group called Overcommitters Anonymous. The OA slogan or tagline could be borrowed form the old American Express one, “Don’t leave home without it,” to become, “Don’t overdo it without it.”

 OA would be run just like AA. Each member would be sponsored by another overcommitter. When one got one of those hair-brained ideas that would lead to weeks and months of nightmares then never really get off the ground and lead to nothing nut grief, they could phone up their sponsor who would tell them,

“You idiot! That is absolutely the worst idea I’ve ever heard. You’ll never he able to get that off the ground. Not only is that not going to fly, it won’t even make it out of the hangar. And what makes you think you could do something like that. With your track record …”

The basis of OA would be the meetings. There would be weekly meetings scheduled, but nobody would come – ever.  That would be contrary to the spirit of OA. If they showed up, someone would need to organize it. It would mean someone would have to, “Take that on.” That person would need to phone their sponsor.

I believe that there is a place in this world for OA. The idea of going to a meeting that, by definition would never happen to get the help you need to  not do something you really don’t want to do but feel you need to do  makes sense.

That sounds just like something I should direct. Maybe I could find a way to make money out of it. I might be able to use one of those Internet spam artists to identify some government grants that don’t exist.  Maybe I could bill corporations for not having company-sponsored seminars on OA that nobody would go to.

Hmmm. Maybe I should call my sponsor.

“You’re planning on doing what? That’s the stupidest idea I’ve heard all week, and it’s only Monday.  That’s worse than your last lame brained idea where you  wanted to  build an ether bird generator so you could sell power back to the grid. What makes you think you could interest anyone in coming to a meeting that won’t happen.  Are you planning on invoicing for it? I hope you’re not planning to invite me to it.

You should never even be allowed to even think of doing something like this, what with your track record!


Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at michaelb@neilsquire.ca. or at 604-464-4195.  If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates When he is not doing all this he lives in Port Coquitlam with his pa


8 Responses to “OVERCOMMITTERS ANONYMOUS: Don’t Overdo It Without It!”

  1. Sharon Says:

    ROFL!! Great job, Mike. I know several people would benefit from your OA, that is, if they could find the time in their busy schedules to not attend.

  2. Gluten Free Dee Says:

    Very clever! I want to be the facilitator for this group that doesn’t ever meet! I’ll also handle all the social media aspect that I won’t write because the people would have to read them and comment on the post! Nice Job!

  3. Louise Edington Says:

    Very funny. Will share if I get the time lol

  4. Adam Troudart Says:

    That’s an interesting idea Mike. You should start monetizing it and sell reports, video courses and seminars to folks on how to build your own OA empire. Just make sure people actually pay you, actually download the products and actually attend the seminars. Actually, if they don’t attend then they don’t need the seminar anyway… 🙂

  5. Tanya Rennick Says:

    Great post, thank you for this Mike. I’ve never before heard the expression about cats and marble floors. It made me laugh out loud. I like your thought process but I still think we cannot do without OAs…

  6. Ener Hax Says:

    i’ve been working on reducing the over commitment i make for doing free stuff to “help” out a friend. i do this too much and end up feeling taken for granted

    i was a volunteer firefighter for two years and think that is a nice way to give back but i find myself doing things like “hey, i can host your site for free” and end up moving their site, updating it, and spending a few hours a month on it for nothing in return! but that’s me and boundaries

    your article has helped frame that and your cat on a marble floor made me guffaw! =D

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