Looking Back at 2018: Best Decisions, Experiences and Achievements

One of My Best Decisions

Joining HR Book Club.

Sure, 2018 was full of GREAT moments and GREAT opportunities, but over and over, I link it back to joining HR Book Club and reading Braving the Wilderness and Year of Yes.

In many respects, 2018 was all about living these two books. I braved the wilderness on a near constant basis. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but I was brave enough to try and I’m better for it. It was the year of yes too. I stepped up and said YES to things I’d normally talk myself out of. That led to great experiences, fantastic opportunities, and friendships.

So yeah, it took guts and hard work to do it all (and I really did do a lot in 2018), but I can’t help but think I wouldn’t have had the courage to start had I not chosen to take a chance on a nerdy little book club at the start of the year.

One of My Most Exciting Experiences

In a year full of fantastic experiences, I have to say that running the Brooklyn Half Marathon was among the most exciting. It was cold, rainy, and kind of a mess, but 40,000 runners and I muddled through it all to truly have a memorable experience.

Races like this don’t just happen. They sell out quickly, and even after that you have to arrange travel, train, miraculously be healthy the day of the race, and not back out when the forecast calls for wind, rain and cold from race start to finish. THEN, you have to eat smart the night before, catch an uber to the start line along with everyone else in NYC, find your way through the chaos at the check-in area, all while knowing that more sane people are sleeping in their nice warm beds back at home.

A lot has to go right, but even when the weather goes completely wrong, your phone dies because of the rain so you can’t find anyone, and your brother forgets to bring your recovery drink, you can instead have the most delicious Nathan’s Hot Dog ever made, the greatest cup of coffee in the world back at the apartment when it’s all over, and have one heck of a story to share forever.

An Achievement I’m Proud Of

I spoke at a conference for the first time in 2018.

This had long been on my list of things to do, but stepping up, writing a proposal, and then delivering was a completely different matter.

Perhaps it’s not so much an accomplishment that I spoke at a conference, but that I actually pressed submit on my proposal (year of yes, again). Perhaps it was that I was confident that I had something worth saying and that it was worth fighting through a cold/fever on the day of the conference to say it. Or maybe it was just that I could make attendees eat sour candy in my session as part of an extended change metaphor and still survive the day!

We all doubt ourselves from time to time, especially when we’re doing something for the first time. But in following through, we make it easier for the next time, and for whatever comes next after that.

All of this has me excited about what 2019 will bring.

More on that soon!

One thought

  1. Thank for sharing. You’ve motivated me to reflect on this past year. I’ve had some challenges recently and I think it will be a great start to reflect and gain some perspective so I truly see the wonderful accomplishments so I can place the challenges into the right perspective. Things are really good and I did do a lot.

    I enjoy your writings. You must compile it all into a book’

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