By stating your intentions and holding yourself accountable to others, you are more likely to achieve what you set out to do (as if you don't, you'll have to write to your friends and let them know you didn't!).
The Monthly Resolution Club was started, in part because of these three inspirations:
Unreasonable Values: I recently went for a hike with my friend Daniel, founder of the Unreasonable Group, and he told me about their "Unreasonable Values". I love the fact that on the first Monday of each month, every team member has the opportunity to commit to one "habit" they are going to try to achieve - and by holding each other accountable, they are often able to do so.
PEPY Cambodia: When working in Cambodia with the amazing PEPY Cambodia team, we had a person with the job title of "Dream Manager" (the book by the same name being yet another inspiration of this club). The person's job was to help each member of our team, and the graduating students we were working with, to identify and achieve their goals. We often talked about creating an app or some other tool to help others, our donors/partners/friends, to achieve their goals too, but never got around to it. Hopefully this club with be a step in that direction.
This Huff Post Piece: A collegue, Christine, passed on her friend, Miho Kubagawa's blog about their monthly goal setting practices, and it resonated! "I want to do that with my friends too," I thought, and so, here I go!