People perform at their best when they are in a role that plays to their personality and gifting. They have more fun, experience greater fulfillment, and produce better results. The soul is actually at greater rest when it finds the rhythm it was designed for.
But it requires a tremendous amount of sober-mindedness. That is, knowing who you are, knowing who you’re not and doing what’s best for the whole. This means, among other things, being willing to play the part you were designed to play instead of striving for the top spot on the team.
So how do you get a healthy dose of sober-mindedness in your life without experiencing a bunch of pain? Honestly taking a few moments to answer the following questions is a great start!
- What gives you Energy? What fills you up? I’m not talking about sitting around and binge watching Netfilx. What do you do that really fills you up?
- What do you need More of in your Life? We’re not talking about a winning lottery ticket here. But it may mean more rest, vacation, a greater challenge at work, more investment in your most meaningful relationships, or something else.
- What do you need Less of in your Life? Debt, relational drama, pressure, conflict, etc.
- What must Change in your Life? There may be some habits or behaviors that need to change, or you may need to change the way you approach your schedule.
- What Must you do? What do you have to do? What is it you were created to do? It would actually be a personal value violation if you didn’t do it?
- What Could you do? Are there things you could do because of your capacity, experience, and talent but aren’t the best things for you or the team for you to do?
- What Should you do? You may not be doing it now, but you know you should. You may even have been putting it off for some time.
- What must you Not do? If you’re really honest what are you doing that you shouldn’t be? You’re not the best at it, or by doing it your preventing (enabling) someone else from doing what they’re created to do.
- What do you Care about? What do you really care about, what really matters to you?
- What do you Dream about? What are your hopes and dreams that are worth chasing after?
- What do you want your Legacy to be? At the end of the day what do you want to leave behind and be known for? What do you want to start that outlives you?
If you want to build some accountability into this you could share this list with a friend, the two of you work on it separately and then share the results with each other.
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