I think a common theme for mankind is wrestling with the purpose of existence - specifically the question "Why do I exist?" or "What is my purpose?"
I believe this is incredibly important and something that each one of us should explore and seek to understand.
Personally, I believe each one of us is here for a reason. God created you for a purpose. We are each unique for a reason. If we did not have a unique purpose, it would make sense that we would all be…Continue
Crossroads, transitions, a feeling of being stuck ... we have all been there. Perhaps you are there right now.
You know there is more to life.
You know you are not living to your full potential.
You desire something better, something more meaningful.
You wonder "what's next"?
I had the privilege of taking Jess Berggren through the LifePlan process this past summer. As a result of our time together, she started a …Continue
Do you know where you are going?
I am not talking about your next vacation. I am talking about your life?
Do you know where you are going in life?
You are going somewhere. Are you going where you want to go? Do you even know where you want to go?
If I wanted to go to Minnesota (from Iowa), I know exactly what direction to go. I would head north.
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Joe had come to the latter part of his life and was experiencing some regret.
By all outward appearances, he had been a successful man. He had a loving wife, a nice home and two well-adjusted kids. It was uncommon for me to see Joe being anything but a positive, upbeat person.
I asked him what was bothering him that cool Spring day.
He replied to me that this time of year was always hard for him. We were on the cusp of Spring, the grass was just…Continue
I had the privilege of taking Milianna through the LifePlan process. Milianna is on the younger side of those who I have taken through the process - at 25.
Sometimes people at this age really struggle with knowing if they are on the right path - or quite frankly if they are on any path at all.
Following is my dialog with Milianna a few months after her LifePlan:
Me: What prompted you to go through the LifePlan process? What questions were you…Continue
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No matter who you are—entrepreneur, corporate employee, ministry professional, school teacher, and so forth—you will lose your job. There will come a time when your current source of income stops delivering. You will be fired. Entrepreneurs might lose a significant client; corporate employees get downsized or retired; ministry professionals get…Continue
Today is Leap Day! - February 29th - the day that is added to our calendar in years that are divisible by 4 - unless that year is divisible by 100 in which it is not added - unless the year is divisible by 400 in which case it is ...
The reason we add the day is because the time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun is slightly longer than 365 days (actually 365.256 days). So, if this day were not added, eventually we would have a blizzard…Continue
Awhile ago, I was meeting with George (made up name). George came to me struggling with hope and purpose. He was unhappy in his job. He was having trouble sleeping. He had lost all sense of joy in his life. Frankly, George was frustrated with the direction of he was going. He felt he had more to offer the world than what he was currently doing.
After visiting with George and asking lots of questions, we came to the conclusion that one of the main reasons George was…Continue
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I met with a gentlemen lately who was struggling with purpose and satisfaction in their life. They were unhappy in their job and they were not feeling satisfaction in their marriage. Quite frankly, they had lost joy and wanted hope. Through our discussion I asked if they had a deep understanding of their purpose or mission in life? Sadly, they did not.
Perhaps you are in the same boat. Maybe you aren't dissatisfied with life, but perhaps you feel there is something…Continue
I just completed a book today that made the point that some people do a pretty good of setting goals. We set monthly and yearly objectives. We also set longer term goals - typically 3-5 years in length. But, the author asks, "What are your 100-year goals?"
I found this to be an incredibly thought-provoking question.
What are my 100-year goals?
Obviously, this deals with what we want to leave behind when our time on this earth is…Continue
I took my friend Tom Clegg through the LifePlan process this past October. It has had (and continues to have) a powerful effect on him. In his words, "It gave me my life back." Tom is a consultant, coach, speaker and writer ("Lost in America" and "Missing in America").
Listen to what he has to say about the process - and let's get yours scheduled!Continue
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We live in a culture where we want immediate results. I enjoy watching tv shows - or movies with drama - the "whodunnits" - the crime shows. It is amazing from the committing of the crime to the arrest and conviction generally takes under an hour - and sometimes as little as 30 minutes. I like that.
When I start a diet, I find myself stepping on the scale the next morning to see what progress I have made - and being disappointed I am not five pounds down or am a…Continue
I have been doing a lot of thinking the past week on success. Basically seeking to come to an understanding of what specifically success is, how it is defined and how it is attained.
Since leaving my pastoral position this past September and going into business/ministry on my own, I have wondered if I am being successful.
If you measure success strictly on a financial basis, so far I have been an utter failure. Needless to say, I have not experienced a…Continue
I have been reading and working through Steve Olsher's book, "What is your what?"
His assertion is that each of us has a "what" - the reason we exist, the reason we were created.
Olsher believes that everyone should come to a deep understanding of who they are and then live that out to the fullest. For one person, that might be through becoming a great teacher. For another a caring and compassionate…Continue
Being a Minnesota Viking fan has carried with it some heartache through the years. This past Sunday was perhaps one of the worst.
The Vikings were competing against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Playoffs and with 26 seconds left in the game, Blair Walsh lined up for a 27-yard field goal that would have put the Vikes ahead 12-10 and in all likelihood, would have sent them on to the next round of the playoffs. A miss and their season would come to an end.
I had the privilege of taking Suzi through the LifePlan process a few months ago. Everyone goes through the process for different reasons and everyone gets different "take-aways". But, the constant that EVERYONE gets is a deeper understanding about themselves and clarity in moving forward living out their purpose and whom God made them to be.
You can hear her testimony at my blog!
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"What are my top 5 strengths?"
Assessing your personal strengths has been very popular the past serveral years - mainly due to Dr. Donald Clifton's "StrengthsFinders" and now the book "…Continue
The past couple weeks I have been addressing questions from “Ten Questions that Will Change Your Life” by Sandra Bienkowski.
Today we will look at "what is a recurring problem in my life and how can I solve it?"
What is holding you back from experiencing success in your life - personally, physically, vocationally, financially, relationally, spiritually?
Today I am going to address question 3 of "10 Questions that will change your life".
What do I want my legacy to be?
For some, this is a grim topic. Legacy. For me, I can't think of anything that should shape how we live more than thinking about our legacy.
As mentioned …Continue
On today’s episode, I talk with my new friend Matt McWilliams about overcoming limiting beliefs, and embracing potential to not only change yourself, but become a world-changer. In this in-depth conversation, we look at causes, effects, and behaviors associated with the issue ofchange. So many people struggle with this on some level, and many have no idea how significantly they are being affected…Continue
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