Here we are, already more than a week into 2019. How many times have you already been asked about your New Years' Resolution? I'll bet more than a few people have brought it up. Every new year presents a natural opportunity to break old habits, form new habits, and make yourself a promise or two for how you'll become a better person over the next 12 months. That's the dream, right?

A few years ago, I stopped making resolutions. Why? Well, research overwhelmingly shows that when it comes to following through on resolutions, the vast majority of people don't last very long. I've always been squarely in that group.

Instead, I started setting goals for the year. You might be thinking, "What's the difference?" Well I'll tell you.

As a student of leadership, I'm always on the lookout for ways to grow and better myself for the benefit of the people I lead. I've always heard it said (and I believe it's true) that good leaders are readers.

The problem is, I've never been a good reader. Like many people, I have a bad habit of starting a book, making it a few chapters in, and then losing interest and moving on. I've started into dozens, maybe hundreds of books in my lifetime with good intentions, but rarely do I make it to the end.

I want to increasingly use my time wisely and productively, so this past year I decided it was past time to change that pattern. I set a goal of reading 24 books cover-to-cover in 2018. In the end, I actually wound up reading 39 books this past year (more on that in a future post).