Every year I grow to understand myself a bit better. My strengths become clearer. My passions are more easily defined. I know better what I like and dislike.
This is mostly good. I have greater clarity on my purpose and calling and am less compelled to chase the dreams of others. Most of the time.
But I’m also realizing that the better I understand myself the more opinionated and less flexible I’ve become.
Phrases like “That’s the way I’m wired” or “I need to play to my strengths” are quick to roll off my tongue.
And while I firmly believe we need to chase diligently after an understanding of our unique gifts and passions (our Clout if you will), I can’t help but fear that my seemingly clearer picture of myself is inhibiting me from pushing myself to grow.
Do I chase knowledge with the same fervor as I did a decade ago?
Will I put myself in new and uncomfortable circumstances to stretch my thinking and my comfort zone?
Am I trying new things, engaging different conversations, meeting new people?
While purpose and clarity are incredibly important, watch for the drift in your life to become complacent in your clarity.
As you begin dreaming and planning for 2014, I encourage you to consider these questions.
How can I chase knowledge in a new way?
What new environments do I need to explore?
What new things can I try?
What different conversations should I have?
Who do I need to meet?
New knowledge and experiences will continue to add layers to the clarity of who you are and who you are becoming. Don’t let your clarity lull you to complacency. Keep growing. Keep learning!