3 ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS TO HELP DISCOVER OUR DESTINY PROPOSED TO ME BY DR ALAN R.ZIMMERMAN
All is not live all is to fulfill the reason of our coming into this world which is our destiny. Because of my conviction of that assertion, I recently introduced a series of teaching untitled THE 24 ABSOLUTE STEPS OF DESTINY FULFILLMENT. In the first lesson we discussed the first step of destiny fulfillment which was: Discover your life’ purpose click here to read that post. In that discussion we said that to discover your life’ purpose you need to take the following steps:
-be in Jesus-Christ
-identify your spiritual gifts
-identify your passion
-identify your abilities
-identify your personality
-and examine your life experiences.
On Tuesday I received my Tuesday tips from Dr Alan Zimmerman and He was also addressing the need of discovering our purpose in life. In that mail he proposed 3 critical, but deceptively simple Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose. These are them: What are you good at? What excites you? What difference do you want to make?
As you answer them they will further indicate the path you must take in life.
1-what are you good at ?
Dr Alarn argued that no matter who you are or what has happened in your life or career, you have a lot of talents and abilities. He also remarked that it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to use your strengths if you don’t know what they are. To know what you are good at, take a piece of paper and describe your dominant gifts, what you are best at, the natural abilities you possess, what you do that gets a positive response from people you respect, what you do that does not seem like work, regardless of the difficulty, and what you do that causes doors to open with ease for you.
Question No. 2: What Excites You?
For some people, the “What excites you?” question will be easy to answer. For others, it may be challenging. A simply way to answer that second question is to describe the following on a paper: the activities you enjoy the most at work, at home or in social situations, what you love spending time on, the desires that keep tugging at your heart, and What you do that makes you feel good emotionally and spiritually.
Once you’ve answered those questions, it’s time for another: What troubles your spirit? The things that upset you are a good clue to your purpose in life. So ask yourself: What grieves your heart and infuriates you the most?
Your answers to these questions may point out one or more problems you want to solve, which will point to your purpose, or a part of your purpose.
There’s one more aspect to the question of what excites you: What work do you love to do and what would you really like to do?
Having something to live on is the GOOD life, but having something to live for is the BETTER life. So ask yourself, “What would you choose to do —
The first two questions are focused on you — your talents and your feelings. The third question focuses on people or situations outside of you.
When executive coach and author Richard Leider interviewed scores of people over 65, he asked them to share the most important lessons they had learned and the advice they’d give younger people to have more fulfilling, successful lives. Without hesitation, they said: you’ve got to live a life that matters to others, and you’ve got to make a contribution to others.
And when physician Raymond Moody interviewed scores of people who lived through near-death experiences, he discovered the overwhelming necessity of making a difference.
Even though his subjects had supposedly died, they said their minds or spirits were very much alive at that time and that they’d kept thinking about the difference they’d made in this world and with other people and whether they had made any difference at all. When they were brought back to life by some medical miracle, they all had the same, but new, bottom line — making a contribution serving others to some extent, instead of being totally self-serving.
You don’t have to wait until you die before you learn how to live. You can get a purpose right now and start living your life on purpose from today forward. What difference do you want to make? Think about it. It’s worth a few minutes of your time.
The difference you want to make may not be as big as rescuing the poor of Calcutta like Mother Teresa or gather worldwide headlines like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That’s okay. The difference you want to make may be in your immediate family, your extended family, your religious organization or charity, your community, your company or even some part of the world at large.
But you must focus some part of your life on making a difference. Otherwise, you may have a good life, but you will never have a great life.
To further explain and proof the need of discovering our destiny, Dr Alan gives his brief life testimony According to him, in junior high school, he decided that he would go into the ministry. The problem was, he wasn’t sure it was his dream . . . or ever had been.
He went on to get his master’s and doctoral degrees, taught several undergraduate classes and something strange happened. He discovered he loved teaching and he was good at it — very good. But he also felt guilty for tossing aside his “supposed” purpose or calling to the ministry.
Fortunately, he attended a workshop on “intensive journaling” about how to relax, think, reflect, visualize and keep a journal, so the deeper things inside him might be revealed. He then wrote in His journal: “I can serve God and others as a teacher, speaker, and author.” Almost instantly, his guilt disappeared, and a sense of peace, direction, and well being settled over him. He knew he was living his life and working his career on purpose.
For years, I had confused a job with a purpose. Now, decades later, he is loving the work he does and feeling thankful that he has been able to touch the lives of thousands of people because his life and work have lined up with his purpose.
If you are bless by this post, thank Dr Alan Zimmerman you can read more of his teachings on read Dr Alan latest book entitled, The Payoff Principle: Discover the 3 Secrets for Getting What You Want Out of Life and Work.
I also recommend his other book, Pivot: How One Simple Turn in Attitude Can Lead to Success
and his DVD Big Break.
God bless you
My next post is on the second absolute step of destiny discovery which is, the need to have a serious yearning to fulfill your destiny. Watch out! click here to read the first absolute step of destiny fulfillment.