Have you lost the picture for your puzzle?

We all have a sense of destiny and have been created for a specific purpose. This is one of the most difficult concepts for people to grasp. I have found a wonderful analogy that I hope will help.

Imagine your life as a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle but you have lost the picture. What do you do and how do you start to build? The best place to start is with the frame and then find the corners. These represent the cornerstones of your life. What is critical and valuable? Then it becomes easier once these are defined to build the rest of the frame. We also need to sort out the pieces into different categories. No success without balance. These areas are social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual and financial. Once you have balance it becomes easier to build the pictures around each area of your life. The process will also take determination, discipline and diligence…. and time. The journey to complete the picture will take a lifetime but I can assure you once completed you will have a Masterpiece.

Authentic Lives

“Professional and personal convergence – Just as the world of technology has bridged all elements of our lives, so is the case in our careers. When our personal and professional lives become more aligned, this creates what I call a sweet spot.” These comments made after listening to Bill Gates discuss Web 2.0 this week. This is the way we should all strive to live to remain authentic in a constantly challenging world .

To enter one needs to first exit

This principle is true to many areas of our lives. If we are talking about a close romantic relationship with another person or making a decision to move from one business to another the same principle applies.

It is impossible to appreciate true change and growth until we are able to let go of the past. We learn many lessons before we exit but the ongoing lack of closure causes the entry into new relationships not to be able to grow and flourish until we make that decision.

One can never truly grow until you let go and risk the space in between. There may be many great experiences, relationships and skills to be gained.

Are you brave enough to exit?

Take a rest and reflect

The world is so busy and full of people, things that need doing, all sorts of technology calling your name that we very seldom take time out just to reflect and catch up on who we really are. I was lucky enough today to have such a day. Repairing a rundown life before it falls apart is better than waiting for the complete collapse. When did you last give yourself this gift?

Wise words from Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight, Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. But give the world the best you have anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God: it was never between you and them anyway.

Wise words for leaders on how to finish well

I read the following in my John Maxwell Leadership Bible this morning. It is taken from an explanation on Ecclesiastes 12: 1-14. Chapter 12 concludes Solomon’s meditation with some wise words that should direct every leader. They sound like the lecture of an experienced mentor attempting to counsel an emerging leader; trying to keep him or her from making some of the same mistakes he made. Consider Solomon’s wisdom:

1. Don’t lose sight of the big picture, especially when you are young.

2. Do what is right before it is too late to correct yourself.

3. Use your words like tools to shepherd and add value to others.

4. Don’t try to master everything in life, just what is important.

5. Trust and obey God, because He is the ultimate judge.

These can form a great outline for a mentor or as part of your own reflection and planning for your journey.