Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Write down all you talents, passions and principles.
The goal of this step is to get you to get an even better idea of who you are.
Foremost, write down all the things you’re good at or are very knowledgeable about. Remember, you don’t have to be really talented or gifted, just good at these things. Don’t be reluctant. Try to come up with as many things as possible. Talk to your friends and coworkers to ask them what you should put on that list. Their answers may astonish you.
Next, list your genuine passions and interests. You can take all of the things that you put on your list in the previous step, but also add the things that are just important to you – your principles. For example, friendships, health, spirituality, fitness, love etc. If you know your ideals, then you know what you want, you know who you are, you know where you stand in life.
After you have completed these steps, review what you have written daily to help you remain focused and moving confidently toward your goals.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Make a list of thing you love to do.
A couple of questions to ask yourself are:
- What does your ideal day look like?
- Who are you spending it with?
- What are you doing?
- When have you been happiest in your life?
- What makes you feel really alive and invigorated?
Take a pen and a piece of paper and write down everything that comes to mind. Even if it’s something really small, like “reading a good book” or “working on the house” or something big like “travelling around the world”.
The purpose is to make the list as long as possible. I suggest thinking of 101 things if you can. After you’re done, go through your list and mark the things that are your favorite. This way you will be able to narrow it down to the things you really love to do and you won’t leave out anything.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Write out you life’s vision.
In scripture it is written, “Write the vision and make it plain.”
Don’t anticipate a clear, perfect and well-defined vision overnight though, it takes time to form. So don’t worry, spend as much time as you need creating it. It may take one hour, several days or even several weeks.
First, start thinking about your dreams, hopes, and goals, as well as your values in life. Ask yourself what you want and why you want it. Be honest with yourself and remember that it is OK to dream big. The bigger the better.
Be sure to focus on your aspirations not what others expect of you or what you think you should do. If you feel stuck ask yourself, “How can I serve?”
And when you focus only on what you want, not on what you don’t want, you will get exactly what you want.
Be sure you think about all the areas of your life: romantic relationships, friendships, family, career, personal growth, hobbies, health and quality of life and so on. You’d be amazed how all areas of our life inter-link together.
After you’ve outlined the most important things, add details.
Your vision should provide some detail about what measurable results you are going to achieve in your life and when.
Relax and make this exercise fun. You can always come back to it later and change, add or remove something.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
You want to be sure ALL the time
People usually want certainty. This is normal, and of course we want to be sure before committing to something, in order to make sure we can stick by it through thick or thin. However, we also need to realize that our purpose will still have some uncertainty in terms of the details, how it will pan out, and where it will lead you. Always know that despite the risks and uncertainty, God is with you every step of the way, and that your purpose, while there will be many twists and turns along the way, will always be something worth your while that will leave you with a certain peace and joy that comes with finding who you are and what you are meant to do.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
You are afraid to make mistakes or to change
Often, we want to be able to get it right the first time. We don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes. If we have discerned our passion, and find that we are wrong or are being led to somewhere else due to new information or new needs, it’s important to be open to change and to pick ourselves up if we have made a decision that does not seem to be quite right.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
You let your friends or family decide for you
Sometimes it can be terribly difficult to make decisions, and we can be very indecisive. Because of this, it can be tempting to simply go with what our friends and family think. Many people often take on a certain profession or goal in life because that was what was expected from them. While this may be good, it can also sometimes lead to us stagnating and settling, when in truth we could go on and do things that are truly our passion.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
You don’t pay attention to your feelings
#2: While we ought to think logically about our purpose in life, sometimes we also forget about our feelings—what our gut instincts tell us. The Christian faith tells us that God can also speak to us through our feelings. If you are doing something and you have feelings of dissatisfaction and restlessness, pay attention—that might be God’s way of telling you that there are greater things ahead or in store for you.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
As people, we want to have some kind of purpose in life—an answer to the question “why” that keeps us going. However, for some of us, finding this purpose is not easy. Sometimes, it’s not clear as to what we are meant to do with our life. If you feel that you are stuck and are unsure as to what to do, you may be doing something that is hindering you from figuring things out. Here are one of those things that could possibly be making it difficult for you to find your purpose.
You don’t set aside time to reflect on your purpose
#1: The fast paced lifestyle we have today is often not conducive for reflection. When was the last time we actually set aside time to just pray and reflect on who we are and what we want to do with our life? It’s important that we set aside some time to actually think things through and figure things out. Sometimes, it is reflection time that allows us to clear our minds and focus on what we really want to do.
Comment by Marianne Cooper-van der Veen : Sistah's with Ink Hogeschool NCOI Groningen Area, Netherlands
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