I think about the new year with a sense of urgency, even though its arrival is no surprise. Disappointments and successes come to mind. Then I ask myself, “What do I want to do next year?” I can’t get away from that question because everyone asks me. But it may be the wrong question. Doing stuff matters, but I encourage you to think about the new year in terms of becoming. Think about the new year in terms of becoming before you think about doing. The most important question is, “Who do I aspire to become?” not, “What do I want to do?”.
Ask, “What’s important to God?” before you choose something to do. Always include ‘to God’ with the question. Don’t let others define your values. The wealthiest possible life is meaningful. Reflect on contribution. What contributions energize you? Meaningful goals include doing things for and with others. Self-serving goals might be temporarily rewarding but can’t replace your need to matter. It’s not how much you do but how much you contribute that matters.
Who you become is more important than what you do. Pursue meaning, not happiness, to experience enduring fulfillment. Reflect on values, contribution, and purpose before you ask the dangerous question, “What do I want to do this year?”. Ask, “What does God want me to become this year?” Set goals that reflect the person you aspire to become and God calls you to be. Who you become is more important than what you do.