Interlude: Pull Yourself Together, Please!
Phew! That’s been a whole lot to digest over these past few chapters.
We hope the numerous exercises and questions have begun to give you a more comprehensive picture of your own Fit.
To help you, in this regard, take a little time to summarise what you’ve discovered (or what has been reinforced) about yourself.
The exercises below are designed with this in mind.
Imagine your life as a wheel. (Those of us who are more round may find this easier than others!)
At the very centre of the wheel (the hub) is our relationship with God. It is our living connection to God that gives a reason and focus for all we are and do.
We’ve written “SoulPurpose” in this hub. This simply reminds us that we are God-created, God-related and God-developed. Without this ongoing connection we will fail to fulfil our destiny. Seeking to live in this God-centred way will influence all of our life.
The inward ring of spokes that surrounds this central hub is a summary of much of the core of our personal make-up.
Take time to think about all the elements of your unique Fit that you have explored:
“Fingerprint” (chapter 3)
Personality (chapter 4)
Talents and skills (chapter 5)
Spirit gifts (chapter 6)
Values and passions (chapter 7)
Transfer your discoveries from the exercises in these chapters into the spokes of the wheel below.
The second “wheel” (pictured below) shows a series of outer spokes.
These outer spokes represent various areas of our life. They are both:
the context in which we currently express our SoulPurpose, as well as
the opportunities and relationships that help to further shape and mould who we are and our SoulPurpose.
NOTE: It’s important to recognise that this wheel diagram does not attempt to summarise EVERYTHING about you or your SoulPurpose. It’s not meant to be “the complete picture”. The intention is simply to identify how the elements of our lives we have been considering so far, fit together as part of our SoulPurpose.
Take time to identify and write in some of these specific contexts, opportunities and relationships.
For example, you may like to list:
some of the key relationships you are developing (under friendships, community, church and marketplace)
any study (formal or informal) you are currently undertaking (under learning)
particular types of work (paid and unpaid) you are involved in and what your role and goals are
Feel free to change the names we have given each of these spokes (there’s nothing particularly sacred or special about the ones we’ve identified).
You may even want to change the size of each segment to reflect the amount of time you’re involved in a particular area, or the significance of this part of your life.
This section (Uniquely ‘ME’: a workbook) may have raised some issues for you that require help from a more “professional guide”.
If so, we suggest you consider looking for a qualified career counsellor. For example, in New Zealand, the Career Practitioners Association of NZ (CPANZ) website (www.cdanz.org.nz) provides the names of all qualified members.
Alternatively, you may like to ask around (friends and acquaintances) for suggestions as to someone who is both trained and competent.
Beware anyone who promises you the world, or no hard work on your part!
Remember that the career counsellor is not there to tell you what you should do. They are there to help facilitate your own self-awareness and to explore some of the possibilities with you. They may help you clarify your thinking and decision-making, but remember, the final decision/direction is still up to you. After all, you’re the one who will have to live with the consequences.
For those people who want more information about the specifics of job hunting we suggest you look at:
The "Career and Life Planning" section of the Faith At Work website: www.faithatwork.org.nz
Richard Bolles What Color is Your Parachute? (Ten Speed Press, 2004)
Barbara Moses What Next? (Dorling Kindersley, 2003)