I’ve never been successful with New Year’s Resolutions. The only times I ever tried making them, I abandoned them quickly. It only took a couple such failed attempts before I decided the process wasn’t for me. When I’d hear of people setting goals and resolutions at the first of the year, I paid little attention.
But in the past few years I’ve followed certain podcasts and social media accounts that focus on things like habit formation, productivity, and yes…goal setting. As with most things, I was slow-to-warm-up but over time became intrigued. I wanted to be the type of person who set goals and accomplished them, but I was afraid my track record made trying a waste of energy.
Then, late last fall, the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin introduced a unique idea: 18 for 2018. The hosts encouraged one another to create a list of 18 things they wanted to accomplish in 2018. There were no rules. Goals could be as specific or as vague as one chose. They could include one-time items as well as long-term goals. Tasks could be ambitious and risky or small and safe. Listeners began creating and posting their own lists, and seeing others’ ideas sparked my own. I decided to jump in and give it a go.