With every new year, there comes the belief that anything is possible. January is when goals become normal, and Netflix and the latest YouTube sensation tend to be less relevant. A time when garages get the much-needed cleanup while gyms look fuller than an Apple store. Yet amid all the energy and excitement, we carry the baggage of more failed New Year’s resolutions than we know what to do with. This post isn’t to condemn or shame but quite the opposite. I am all for getting in shape, breaking bad habits, and instilling something new in our life — but what if we shifted our approach from a goal to accomplish and began asking ourselves, “Who are we becoming?” 

Over the past several months, we have discussed what it takes to have a winning team. You can read more here. One of the questions that we ask each other as a winning team is, ‘Are we growing in capacity, competency, and craftsmanship?’ 

Why do we ask this question? Why not just ask about goals and setting metrics? We don’t neglect goals and metrics, but one question hits “a goal” while the other overflows into every goal. 

When you are on a team that values growing in capacity, competency, and craftsmanship, you are sewing seeds into a future you can’t yet grasp. This reminds me of the calling in Colossians 3 — 

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” 

To grow in capacity, competency, and craftsmanship on your teams is to put the seed of your labor in the hands of God and let him bring the reward. This year, may your prayer be to become someone that impacts everything, not just achieves everything. 

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