“I don’t know what I want for myself next year, besides what I’m already working on,” I said to a friend via WhatsApp the other day. 

There are seasons when my work and personal lives become so intertwined with one another that I can’t tell the two apart. During these times, it feels like career achievements, work successes are all that matter. 

But after a while, not fulfilling personal goals leads to a kind of despondency as well. It’s like neglecting yourself and your wants. 

I’ve done that in the past. Do it too long, and everything else feels meaningless. 

There are times when business achievements are aligned with achieving personal goals, but sometimes personal goals go beyond. 

For example, a business goal for the year might be to hit a certain revenue. But my personal goal with regards to that business might be to inspire a particular legislation amendment. 

Then there are other personal goals that are totally unrelated to work. Things like: am I still learning? Did I grow in the ways I wanted to? Have I spent enough time with the people I love? Did I see enough of the world this year?

Setting business goals are vital. But I’ve learned that goal-setting is an important thing outside of work as well. 

Now that we’re almost at the end of the year, I find myself struggling again to answer the question: What kind of person do I want to be a year from now? 

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