What I Learned in Failing to Achieve my Goals in 2018

And the implications for you in 2019 and beyond

Matthew Kent
12 min readDec 20, 2018
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There was a time when I would never set goals. Every time a new year would roll around I would silently laugh at all the people making New Years resolutions that I knew they’d never keep.

Then, something happened.

Or rather, a couple of things happened.

The first was that I realized that I had become complacent and was reacting to what life was giving me instead of creating the life I wanted.

The second was that I started relentlessly consuming personal development content.

This gave me the confidence to try what so many people fail at: setting real goals for myself. I was convinced that I was going to be finishing this year patting myself on the back for crossing the finish line of five challenging goals.

As the title of this post indicates, that’s not what happened.

What follows is a look back on what influenced my thinking of goal setting, how I crafted my goals for 2018, and where I think I went wrong.

Aim High

I first starting thinking about goals when reading Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek and listening to his podcast.



Matthew Kent

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