How to Discover Your Passion

Recently, I wrote a post entitled “Follow Your Passion,” in which I outlined my journey in leaving pastoral ministry to full-time leadership development.  It was a long, heart-searching process that I went through to come to the place that I am at today.  So, I thought it would be beneficial to follow up that post with a simple list of 10 questions for you to work through in discovering your passion and purpose in life.

These 10 questions come from John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, a topic that I enjoy teaching on.  More specifically, they fall under his chapter on The Law of Awareness, which states “You must know yourself to grow yourself.”  I am assuming that if you read my blog on a regular basis, your desire is to grow as a person and as a leader.  But, how do we do that?  One of the steps is in this area of self-awareness.  Do you really know who you are?  Have you taken the time to sit down and discover the unique individual that you are as God created you?  If not, then set aside 15 minutes of your time to work through the answers to these 10 questions.  It will be time well spent and you will have a greater understanding of who you are and what your passion in life really is!

  1. Do you like what you are doing now?
  2. What would you like to do?
  3. Can you do what you would like to do?
  4. Do you know why you want to do what you would like to do?
  5. Do you know what to do so you can do what you want to do?
  6. Do you know people who do what you’d like to do?
  7. Should you do what you’d like to do with them?
  8. Will you pay the price to do what you want to do?
  9. When can you start doing what you’d like to do?
  10. What will it be like when you get to do what you’d like to do?

If you would like to learn more about growing as a person, I highly recommend The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell.  I will be starting a 4-week virtual mastermind soon.  What my blog for an announcement concerning the details.  It should post in the next 24 hours.  I’d love to have you join me.  All you need is a phone and a quiet location.

Enjoy your journey of self-discovery!

30 Days of Intentional Living

Day 2: Walk Slowly Through the Crowd

According to John Maxwell, the single most important factor in living a life of significance is putting other people first. Do we slow down enough to engage people, showing an interest in them, and adding value to their lives? Or, do we just rush through our agenda for the day without making any significant impact in the lives of those we encounter?

As I listened to John’s video today, I reflected back to two days ago.  After being a husband and father, my main role in life is that of a pastor.  This past Sunday was a very busy day at GSN.  I had picked a family up for our worship service that morning and had to make arrangements for someone to take them home following the service.  We had a guest singing group during the service.  I had an 80 minute drive following the service to get to an appointment in the center of Ohio after the service AND I had to preach a message that morning.  With all that going through my mind, it was hard to “walk slowly through the crowd.”

I wonder how many times we miss the opportunities that lie right in front of us.  Erwin McManus calls these “Divine moments” – those times in our lives when God is doing something right in front of us that He wants us to be involved in.  Too often, we can miss those moments because we are rushing through the crowd.  On those days, like this past Sunday, when life is rushing by, I have found a couple of things help me “walk slowly through the crowd.”

  • Remember that people were ALWAYS Jesus’ priority.  Jesus was always being interrupted by people. As He went from place to place, He was always taking time to stop His travels/agenda to talk with people and meet their needs – both physical and spiritual.
  • Everything we do involves people.  The heartbeat of ministry is centered around discipleship and encouraging people to be everything that God created them to be.  At our places of employment, we need to be reminded that people are our company’s greatest asset.  Without customers, our business would fail.  In our families, we live and interact with people.  We need to take time to “walk slowly through the crowd.”
  • Live a life of adding value to people.  Walking slowly through the crowd shows people that they are important to you.  Take time to add value to the people that you meet today!

TAKE ACTION:  Today, walk slowly through the crowd, identify one person that you can spend time with, and add value to their life.  You might just change the world for one person today and find a new level of significance for your life.