Another year ended, another year beginning. Goals are being set, benchmarks are being created, and plans and programs are getting put into place. As human beings we desire to have purpose. Usually we translate that into accomplishment, hence the goals and benchmarks, our plans and programs – tools to try and help us achieve our goals.

In all of this, are we focusing on the right things and asking ourselves the right questions?

I do not believe there is a bad question. Questions inspire learning. I have, though, in my life come to the realization that there are two questions more important than most:  Who am I? Where am I going?

Goals or benchmarks are usually created because we are trying to get somewhere. It is hard to move forward effectively if we don’t know who we really are. So that is where we will start.

“Who am I?” is a critical question to long term growth. While many people like to believe they know who they are, this is seldom (let’s be honest, never is a better word) true. That doesn’t mean you don’t know a good bit about yourself. But there is always more to uncover. That is part of the excitement of life!

We learn more about who we are, how we respond to situations, why we behave in the way we do, what we want in life, etc., by asking this question. It helps us understand our struggles and our stress, it helps us uncover our motivations and desires, it guides us to the “why” in the goals we set and much, much more.

So, who are you, really? What excites you? What do you love to do? What causes you pain? How do you respond under stress? What’s most important to you? What do you base your values on? What are some of your behavioral strengths? What about weaknesses?

I could go on and on and on. If you haven’t already delved into these questions about yourself, maybe it’s time. Who knows what you will uncover.

So, who are you?