Face your shadow side.
What have you been avoiding that is holding you back from walking in your true potential? Fear of failure, pride, jealousy, bitterness? In order to move forward, we must break free of low self-esteem and past regrets.
Discover your vocation.
Vocation or calling answers the question: “Where am I going” and identity answers the question: “Who am I”. Your vocation or calling will flow from your identity! Need help learning what your purpose is? There are numerous great resources available: www.strengthsfinder.com or personal coaching are both great examples of ways to identify your purpose and calling in life.
Examine personal values.
Values drive behavior. Make a list of values. Where are your values in conflict with your actions or the direction God is calling you to take?
Character is who you are when you are stressed, tired, hungry, unappreciated or pushed to the outer limits of patience. How can you align your desired virtues with your response to others when under pressure?
Draw on the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will give you insight to face your shadow side, evaluate and shape your character and values, and courage to pursue your calling.
Look outside your circle of influence.
As Jodi Detrick would teach us, Don’t wait at the doors of the elevator for your opportunity to arrive. You may need to take the stairs [author’s paraphrase]. You have a gift to share with the world! Where will you share it? Who will be your advocate or mentor?
Make your goal unity.
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Pursuing one’s call is not a demand for personal rights but an empowerment of unity in the body of Christ.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou Go for it! I am cheering you on!
Johnson, C. (2007). Personal ethical development. In C. Johnson, Ethics in the workplace: Tools and tactics for organizational transformation (pp. 29-58). Thousand Oaks, CA: George Fox University.
Detrick, J. (2013). The Jesus hearted women: 10 leadership steps to enduring and endearing influence. Springfield, MO. Influence Resources.