The past three newsletters have focused on creating a personal theology statement. Having such a statement serves as a foundation and anchor to how we view the chaos in our life, our circumstances and the world. A strong personal theology statement brings peace when life seems out of control because we know God is in control, that He is all powerful and that He loves us unconditionally. It is within the chaos and unpredictability of life that we can tangibly experience God and know Him. I’d encourage you to visit the blog archives if you missed any of these newsletters. Getting clear about God allows you to get clear about yourself, your purpose and what you should be doing with your life.
Who are you?
Ephesians 2:10 gives assurance that God created you for a purpose, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Because God knows the good things He has planned for you, God gave you the personality, talents, gifts and skills needed to live out these plans. He also created you to like a certain work environment. Perhaps you like fast paced action in the work place, or a more relaxed environment. Perhaps you like casual versus business attire. All of these choices make you uniquely you. So, do you know what these are? It’s easy to discover your talents, interests and skills. If you are wondering where to begin I would be glad to send you a complimentary interest assessment to get you started. Just send me an email and put ‘interest assessment’ on the subject line.
A great personality assessment I use with clients is called the Peoplemap. It is simple to take and easy to interpret and apply to life. The four personality types are leader, people, free spirit and task. Every person is some combination of each type but two will be more dominant and two less dominant. Knowing your personality will help you understand career choice and how to relate to others. Other personality assessments that you could take include the Myers-Briggs and the DISC. Whether it is the Peoplemap, Myers-Briggs or DISC, you need to know your personality type if you are going to understand who you are. Email me if you would like a copy of the Peoplemap. There is a small cost of $33 for the assessment but the investment is well worth it.
What is your purpose?
We all have a deep longing to know that our life has a purpose. To know that we make a difference. Have you ever asked yourself, “What is my purpose?” John Maxwell said, “The two greatest days in a person’s life is the day they were born and the day they know why.” So how can you discover your purpose? The first step would be to create a life mission statement. Start with your own journaling.
- Write down what is your passion, what excites you or what injustice gets you angry.
- Think back over your life and make a list of things that God seems to have blessed. What opportunities have you had that others haven’t had?
- Consider writing an end of life letter – looking back over your life as if you are at the end of your life – what will you want your life to have counted for and stood for? What do you want others to remember about you?
What should you do?
Having a clear life mission statement serves as a guide in all other areas of your life, including the type of vocation that will allow you to live this out. One place to start looking for vocational ideas is the Occupational Network website run by the U.S. Department of Labor. There are some great resources available on the site but you may want to start with the Interest Profile assessment. There is no cost to take the assessment and the results will help you understand yourself and potential vocations to live out your life mission according to the way you are designed.
Who are you? What is your purpose? What should you do?
These are core questions that you must answer if you are to live a life of fulfillment and impact, the life God intends for you to live. Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” As a life coach that is what I do. I’ve been helping people answer these questions for eleven years and would be privileged to help you as well. So if you are trying to discover the answers for yourself please contact me for a complimentary coaching call. I really would love to hear from you! Please email or call me today at 484-461-6403 and let me partner with you to discover who you are, what is your purpose, and what you should do. Feel free to post a comment in the blog or on Facebook.