I’ve drifted away from my “Why”

When I started 48 Days I was teaching a Sunday School class on finding your purpose and calling.  My Why was that I knew then as now that over 80% of Americans say they do not have their dream job.  I wanted to inspire that 80% to find or create work that was meaningful, aligned with their purpose and able to generate the money necessary to fund their dream. I know:  People who love their work are more productive and more creative. They are more in touch with their God inspired calling. They are happier and have happier families. They … Read More

I got on the wrong boat

Recently I received the pre-coaching information profile from a 40-yr-old teacher.  He wrote, “I feel like I got on the wrong boat, and now my life is half over.”   Wow – what a painful statement about moving along in this journey called life.  Are you clear on where you are going?  Or on what your purpose here is?  If not, why not?  How can we find fulfillment, peace and meaning without being clear on our “mission” in life? In sharing this with my wife, Joanne, she paused and then related her absolute confidence in knowing what she was sent here … Read More

A “simple” man

Being “simple” can override the best  intelligence and education. In Proverbs 7:7 we read, “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.”  Another translation says, “void of understanding.”  I have read this hundreds of times and have always assumed that “simple” actually meant a guy who just wasn’t too bright – maybe a little slow – you know, one wheel in the sand.  However, my new study Bible has a note:  “The person who has no purpose in life is simple-minded.  Without aim or direction, an empty life is unstable, vulnerable to … Read More

Two greatest days in your life

John Maxwell is known for his books, seminars and speeches on Leadership.  In this month’s issue of SUCCESS magazine he talks about the two greatest days in our lives. John says: “There are two great days in our lives – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”   Can you identify both of those days in your life?

I have no vision now….

Sharon asks a question: “All my adult life has revolved around meeting my family’s needs–my husband and 2 children. Now, the kids are in college and I feel my mission is coming to a close.  I have no vision for my future or goals for my life now.  This makes me feel purposeless and alone.  My husband and I have a great relationship, but I feel we don’t have much to talk about, except our kids. As a Christian, I want to follow God’s plan for me. I just don’t know how to go about discovering that plan, setting goals … Read More

No Passion – there’s a hole in your bucket

What are you passionate about? Too frequently I hear in response to that question – “Nothing”.   Or “I really don’t know.” Certainly you’ve met people who have a clear passion.  They can’t wait to get up in the morning and get started on their work.  They are eager, enthusiastic, understand their purpose and are committed to living it out.  That kind of passion comes from knowing what you were born to do.  Come follow me around for a day or to – and then decide if I’m passionate about my work. Passion helps you get more done is less time.  … Read More

Looking inside and not seeing anything

“Dan said in a podcast that you need to look inside.  I’m not sure what this means. I was told yesterday that I will not have a job in 89 days. So I have 48 days times two to find the work I love. How do I look inside and what am I looking for?” Wow – looking inside and not seeing anything!  That’s scary.  Having a little life experience makes it much easier to see something meaningful.  Start with: Your Skills & Abilities – what is it that you do well Your Personality Traits – are you outgoing, introverted, good with … Read More

Ikigai — It’s not a fish

People living on the islands of Okinawa and Sardinia are more likely to reach 100 years of age than people living anywhere on earth.  These people attribute their long lives not to healthy eating, leisure living, or great genes, but to a term they love to use — ikigai which in essence means “sense of purpose.” To expand it a little, ikigai is related to positive life-satisfaction, self-esteem, morale and a sense of having meaning in one’s life.  So people who possess ikigai have defined “that which makes one’s life worth living.”  Unfortunately there is not really an American English … Read More