It will soon be 2022.  Many of you are already in the process of wrapping up your goals for this year and planning your goals for the coming year.  Unfortunately, many people will miss the mark and miss the achievement of their goals in 2022 because all they are focused on is what they have to achieve – the business and career goals they must focus upon in order to be successful.

Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with having goals.  In fact, they are critical.  Asking yourself, “What goals must I attain in the coming year?” is not a bad question – it’s just a bad FIRST question.  The first question you should ask yourself is:

“Who must I become in order to prepare and equip myself for the achievement of my goals?”

There are two laws that come into play in answering this crucial question.

The first is The Law of Awareness.  This law says that you must know yourself in order to grow yourself.  Knowing yourself involves transparently looking at yourself and asking questions like:

  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • What skills, knowledge, and life experiences am I missing?
  • What are the gaps that must be closed in order for me to become the person who is capable of achieving the goals I am considering?

Once you have done this, then you must understand the second law.

The second law is The Law of Intentionality.  This law states that you, and you alone, are responsible for your personal and professional development.  In other words, it’s all about taking responsibility for both the person you are now – and the person you choose to become.

As you set your goals for 2022, make sure that you are giving yourself the blessing of goals that involve both “becoming” and “doing”.  Doing so will allow you to ultimately create a life of success, fulfillment, impact, and significance.