Seasonal Forecast

This past week I’ve been preparing for and adjusting to some seasonal changes in not only my environment, but also my attitudes and thoughts. 

You can not create a state of “Becoming”, if you aren’t willing to let the former or current  realities go and go with the natural flow of accepting change.

So on this edition of “Becoming Today”, we’ll consider some questions. Not easy ones, but ones that are essential in helping us to determine what season of life we each are embarking upon.

Let’s get to work. Today’s post will require participation on your part. After all, it’s designed to help you clarify your vision, accept your purpose and determine the next step to take along your individual path towards “Becoming”.

Begin by asking yourself some questions. There are no wrong or right answers, since there are questions you are asking yourself about your Self. 

Undertake a self examination of your  past, present, and future making sure to base 

your questions focusing on your hopes and dreams. These are intended to build a foundation for undertaking some life changes. 

I know, someone over there says “that’s not easy” and I hear her on the other side saying “change is tough”; Yes, nonetheless it is required to continue growing, developing and living.

Asking yourself hard questions plus answering them thoroughly and honestly can help you determine how ready you are to achieve your goals, makes dreams come true and truly live a life of “Becoming”. 

Quite simply you are preparing to clarify your life’s purpose. For some this may be their first exploration, for others it may be time to revisit earlier lessons learned and for others yet, we realize this is an ever-developing aspect in life. Therefore as seasons change so may our focus, needs and wants. 

An example of this from Scripture is the Apostle Paul. He knew, understood and accepted  the mission to which he was called.

He lived a very “Becoming” acknowledging God had called him to preach the gospel (Ephesians 3:8-9). He devoted his energy, talents, experiences and opportunities to accomplish this purpose.

Focus on your responses for a while, then ask yourself 

What is my life’s purpose?  My mission? Where do I direct my focus? And why? Write down ( or type) your answers. Keep them where you can refer to them as a roadmap or guidebook for orienting your path. 

Here are some sample questions you may consider during this exercise:

What do you value?

What is truly important to yo?;

How do you motivate yourself?

What do you really want out of life? ( Not what others want of you, not what some say you should, but truly what do you want).

What are your greatest talents or skills?

Which of your talents gives you the greatest sense of satisfaction?

What are your biggest weaknesses?

What do you do to overcome ( grow beyond) them?

What are the values dearest to your heart?

How is the “public you” different from the “private you”?

What are you most proud of in your life to date? Why?

What do you hope to achieve in life?

What three things would you like to change most about yourself?

Fill in the blanks. After reading the following statements, finish the sentences:

I do my best when . . .

I struggle when . . .

I am comfortable when . . .

I feel stressed when . . .

I am courageous when . . .

One of the most important things I learned was . . .

I missed a great opportunity when . . .

One of my favorite memories is . . .

My toughest decisions involve . . .

Being myself is hard because . . .

I can be myself when . . .

I wish I were more . . .

I wish I could . . .

I wish I knew . . .

I wish I felt . . .

I am going to make my life about  “Becoming”. . .

I promised it would involve some work today, but if you were not willing to accept the challenge, then I suspect you wouldn’t be reading this now. Do the work, devote some time and be honest with yourself. Pray for guidance and the support you need, the enlightenment you desire will be revealed.  

Tomorrow on our next edition of “Becoming Today”, I’m going to share the season I’m currently in and the challenges I’ve been personally overcoming.


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