April 22, 2010

Where are you going?

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Yesterday I met with a good friend who is quickly becoming a mentor to me. He says there are 5 questions that will help determine where you want to go in life.

1) Who inspires you the most and what qualities do they have that makes you admire them? This will actually help you answer question 5, and tell you what you crave for your own life.

2) What are you naturally good at…what natural gifts do you possess (skills, abilities, gifts, etc)? You could also ask the question, "What are people willing to pay you to do because you do it so well?"

3) What do people typically ask you for help with? For example, from the time I was about 12 years-old people have wanted to tell me about their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

4) If you had to teach something, what would you teach? For me the word "hope" is the first thing that came to mind. For many it could be math, science, or health and fitness.

5) What are your deepest values? Add the question, "What injustice do I see in the world that makes me want to jump into action?" For example, when you see poverty or the homeless does something inside of you say "do something!"

Write it down and it may help you at least rule out some options or situations that you are considering.

Tony Russell is a co-host on 100.7 The Wolf in Seattle, WA's Fitz in The Morning! He is also a counselor and teaching pastor at www.ChurchOnTheRidge.org and of course, a frequent contributor on www.snoqqer.com. He and his family are part of the Snoqualmie Ridge community.

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