Sales is Daniel Pink's game. He's enjoyed coveted real estate on the NYT's Best Seller List and shaped how modern sales teams win the often-nuanced sales game.

But he's also keen on the formula for success in broader terms -- especially in the ever-changing world of business. Follow him on Twitter to get a taste.

In fact, he recently posted a quote that looks ahead to our prospects in 2022. It's not girded by gushy positivity, as I've seen in spades (positivity is important, but sometimes overdone), nor is it riddled with skepticism. It hails from Neil Gaiman (of "The Sandman" fame, among other works), scored by simple, almost counter-intuitive advice:

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing the world."

The last couple of years have been an onus for many. There are moments when it's been tough just to get by. As that feeling, that burden drags on, it's easy to forget what ambition looks like -- what aspiration feels like.

The truth is, we won't get past our dark days, nor will we grow our businesses, improve our society, or heal our environment with daily plodding. We need to find the aspirational spark that once moved us ahead.

That will require us to take some risks. And while we have become incredibly risk-averse in recent months, we won't flourish unless and until we learn to explore, experiment, and, as Gaiman urges, make mistakes.

It's time to step out. Not foolishly or recklessly, but to identify the "growth zones" in our lives where we can push a little bit more, establish new boundaries, discover new potential, and build new things.

Step 1: Create a goal that is more than checking boxes. Create a goal that redefines success -- even if it's only one rung up the ladder.

Step 2: Break that goal into manageable, daily steps. 

Step 3: As you move ahead, take time to reflect on what you've accomplished. See the progress. Celebrate your growth.

Step 4: Take time to acknowledge achievement of your goal. Then set a new one pushing the boundaries of innovation and growth even further.

Now isn't the time to plod, to languish, to linger. Now is the time to frame success in new terms and push the bounds of expectation.