As the end of the year rolls around, many of us start thinking about goals for the upcoming year. While I believe goas are important (and I like having goals) my greater focus is on what kind of person I want to become in the years ahead.
As someone who plays electric bass, I want to become a musician who has a strong grasp of bass playing fundamentals and music theory, and can easily apply them to songs I play. If this is what I want to become, then there are certain behaviors I need to engage in to cause me to become this type of musician.
For example, I need to:
- Constantly practice the bass playing fundamentals
- Study music theory
- Listen to other bass players and analyze what they’re doing in their playing
- Attend concerts to expose myself to other bass playing styles
- Apply what I’m learning to my own playing
As a follower of Jesus, I want to become a person whose life reflects what it looks like to be a true follower of Jesus. In order to become this type of person, I’ll need to:
- Read my Bible on a daily basis to I can be familiar with Jesus’s teaching
- Put into practice what I learn
- Make prayer a significant event throughout every day
- Spend time in quiet self-reflection
- Be attentive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in my life, and respond accordingly.
For me, the focus on “becoming” is directed toward ensuring my behaviors each day are consistent with what it is I want to become. It’s a great barometer for making sure I’m spending my days wisely, and that they’ll take me where I want to go.
So, what kind of person do you want to become? Now the important question: what do you need to do today to become that person?