Who Do You Want To Be?

I’m not necessarily a fan of making a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions. While the intention is good, the concept isn’t the most effective for how I’m wired. I am, however, a fan of leveraging opportunities for intentional growth. Which is why I appreciate that January 1 of every New Year can be used as an opportunity to think differently about the upcoming 365 days. For me, what works, is to think about who I want to become. When that becomes clear to me, then I can think through one or two specific things that I can do, or character traits that I want to develop in myself to help make that happen. If I start with a list of resolutions, then I get lost in the checklist of goals and lose sight of why I've set them in the first place. And besides, too many goals are impossible to accomplish. How do you do all those things well?


Instead, who do you want to BE i? Who do I want to be?

Here are a few simple questions to think through to help you decide what you want to focus on:

  1. What do you want to have learned (about yourself, other people, in your job) at the end of the year?
  2. Is there one or two specific things that you want to accomplish this year? Is there a character trait that you need to grow in to make that happen?
  3. At the end of 2016, who do you want to be, and is that different from how you would characterize yourself now?

If you could write a note to the you - from a year ago -to prepare you for the year ahead, what would you say?