Taking the right, next step for 2020 is essential. As you begin to set goals and evaluate the next year, think longer term and think bigger. We (and our children) search for purpose and meaning in our lives What can we do that we love and what can we do that has value (enough for us to live within our means). From my Design Thinking Program at IDEO/Stanford University, I came across the diagram below. I have added some questions to help you take the right steps toward God’s purpose in your life or the lives of your children.
He gave each of us unique abilities for his purpose. The core passions within are given to us for his purpose. They should not be wasted. If properly utilized and developed, these talents will bring fulfillment and provide a great living for us and our families.
The Japanese concept of ikigai—your reason for being—finds the sweet spot where what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs all overlap.
Ask yourself the following questions to put yourself in a reflective mode as you prepare to make the most of 2020.
- What do I value?
- What are things I do no matter what because I just can’t help doing them?
- What am I really great at—better than anyone else?
- What do others seek out my help for? Once you’ve answered this for yourself, source opinions from those around you.
- What don’t I want to do?
- What do I only do because I have to?
- How do I separate my identity from my work?
- How can I help my children see their real purpose and not my purpose for them?
- What unique talent(s) has God given me (or my child) that is unique? If I put 50 people in a room, which talents does he/she have that is 2% of this audience?
To learn more about finding your talents and purpose, contact me about the Highlands Ability Battery Assessment where in 3 hours of testing, we evaluate 18 talents to help with college and career alignment.