It’s the beginning of a new year, a time many of us pause to take stock. Maybe you’ve made some goals or even some resolutions.

What if, in addition to targeting results this year, you aimed to take the next step in becoming an exceptional person?

That’s what extraordinary leaders do. They shift their attention from achieving some heroic status to becoming who they were created to be. Influence comes as a by-product.

That may sound high-minded and vague. My partner, Mark Demel, and I decided to write a long-form piece to share how this can happen in real life. In your life. This year. Whether your company officially endorses it or not.

Before the activity of the year sucks you in and distracts you from this foundational question, we invite you to have a read. Then get busy becoming that exceptional person. We need you.