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Too often, we let go of our goals by the end of Q1. How do we break that pattern? What can we do better to make it possible for us to move mountains? We don’t know what we don’t know but perhaps we can learn a few things from our past.

In the spirit of looking for the best pieces of advice, I went back to my own archive to reflect. What has helped me and hurt me that I can learn to do better in 2019? And this is what I found:

What helped me was:

  • Setting a theme for the year with clear measurable goals, quarterly;
  • Setting goals for professional and personal goals that complement each other;
  • Setting goals for which I had my WHY and willingness to figure out my HOW in the process;
  • Setting moments to celebrate goals and milestones.


What didn’t help me was:

  • Setting goals that were BOLD but no clear MOTIVATION in seeking my HOW;
  • Setting goal results based on performance and actions that I cannot influence or impact;
  • Setting goals that ignored my health, wellness, and sleep;
  • Setting goals that were too small.


So this year, I am planning on creating goals that reflect from the lessons-learned in my past. Because every time we try something new, if we are unwilling to learn from the past, how do we expect to grow and be better?

So this year I challenge you: look back at your past and see what has worked for you and what has not. How can you learn from your past experiences to build your 2019 that you want to live?

I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

To a new year, new goals, and new adventures.


Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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