Would you find it frustrating to put hours, months even years of effort into a job or project only to discover it made absolutely no difference? It was just busy work…that didn’t get you closer to fulfilling any of your life’s goals. Would you be ok with that?
Of course not.
When it comes to something as significant as your life and your life’s work you need absolute clarity to avoid drifting aimlessly. Otherwise, you would simply be biding your time – existing. And guess what? Existing ain’t living. In my experience, to just exist is mentally and emotionally draining.
However, the good news is if you find yourself on this “I’m Just Existing” merry-go-round to nowhere you can get off and start living with purpose and intentionality. It starts by discovering three all-important things about yourself. These things are your:
- Identity – Having a clear and unwavering understanding of who you are builds confidence, improves clarity and increases the likelihood your life’s course is set in the right direction. Keep in mind that no one can define the purpose of something better than its Original Maker. It is important to discover what God says about you in His Word.
- Passion – What problem in the world stirs (makes you sad, angry, concerned) you enough that you would be willing to solve it if you could? Commitment to a cause and staying engaged is made easier when you are able to articulate what circumstances move you and why. Answer the question above and then explain what specifically about the problem concerns you.
- Ability – You have various talents and capabilities that can serve others and yourself well. Collectively these skills are called your body of work. They include hobbies, jobs, training and even simple everyday experiences that you can pull from and apply to accomplish some goal or task as the need arises. Before taking on that next job or project, spend some time identifying your complete skills set.
Before continuing on the road you’re currently traveling, pause for a moment and get your bearings straight. Get clear on who you are, what you believe you’re called to do and the skills you have to make your particular calling reality. Once you’ve done this the next steps are to plan and put in the work. We’ll talk more about this in future posts.