I have been on a path for years to figure out what my path or life purpose is exactly. Sometimes the answers come easily and sometimes I feel like I am living in limbo waiting for the answer. If you recall I had mentioned in earlier posts that these topics were given to me during a meditative state, consequently I am writing on the topic given to me. At first this seemed like a hard topic, however, it now seems perfectly timed since I am feeling like I am in the limbo position again! So, if I read this topic title correctly then it is because of the fact I am not in the “flow”…
So, what is flow? How does flow feel? And how do I get into flow?
As always when the student is ready, the teacher appears. As I am pondering this topic, I begin to run across multiple videos and articles on flow! I already knew what being in the flow felt like since I have been there many times. It is feels like I am running on all eight cylinders with everything clicking into place. It is synergistic magic. Everything just flows into place for the project or event I am working on at the time.
How to get into the flow when you are not feeling it is the hard part. Meditation seems to be a key component for most based on my research. Focus is also an important component as is visualization. I like to use visualized focus by narrowing what needs to be done into parts. By narrowing my focus, I don’t get overwhelmed with whole project. The same concept can work in any area of your life. Back when I was playing tennis, I always reminded myself one point at a time is how the game is won. I would concentrate on the point in play refusing to think about the overall score. Once that point was won or lost, I focused on the next one. One step at a time, one day at a time, one post at a time – whatever it is – just keep doing it one at time and moving forward.
When you are on the right path, it should come fairly easy to keep moving forward one step at a time. If it is too challenging to keep moving forward, it might be time to re-evaluate your path. We are each born with natural gifts, talents, and strengths. We are born with these for a reason. These are the gifts, talents, and strengths we need to fulfill our life purpose. It is important that you take the time to recognize what your gifts, talents, and strengths are to be successful in life. While I enjoy playing tennis for fun, I do not have the talent to be a professional tennis player. I have been given other talents in life such as the drive find the connection in life’s mysteries along with the analytical desire to find the data to back it up.
A couple of years ago I discovered the book “Clifton Strength Finders 2.0” and it changed my whole outlook on myself! The cover of the book said it will change the way you look at yourself – and the world around you – forever. After applying what I learned from Strength Finders I would say that is a true and accurate statement. I have used this tool to better manage my staff at work. I used this tool with my youngest son to help him determine his best career path in college. I have used this tool in stewardship ministry at my church. I used this tool to confirm my life’s purpose. Its principles are global and apply to all people in all situations.
Basically, the Gallup group wanted to start a conversation about what is right with people. For some reason, we tend to focus on our weaknesses thinking if we improve them, then we will improve ourselves. This new improved thinking says focus on our strengths and see how much more we can become by using them to the fullest. We have been following a misguided maxim – you can be anything you want to be if you just try hard enough. Unfortunately, this is taking the path of most resistance if what you want to be is not your natural strength. A better revision to the maxim – you cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are. As Gallup says each person has greater potential for success in specific areas, and the key to human development is building on who you already are. I took the Strength Finder 2.0 test back in 2015 and my life has been on a different trajectory ever since!
Through the test I found out my top five are: Connectedness; Maximizer; Strategic; Ideation; Analytical.
Learning about my top five answered so many questions in my life. I am only going to touch on a couple of them here. Connectedness was an affirmation for me! I always wondered why I see how things are related to one another and someone else can’t see what I am talking about. It was frustrating to me to try to communicate this to others. In my project management work, it probably was one of the reasons I was so successful. I could see what person/event was going to affect another event and how to get ahead of it. For my personal life, it answered my constant spiritual quest and thirst to understand how and why we are here. I knew there was a connection to it all – I could feel it!
Being a Maximizer was an eye opener for me. I had often been criticized for not being able to let an idea or project go when everyone else was ready to move on. I always thought of this as a personal flaw that I needed to work on. Now I know it is not a flaw at all, but rather a strength! Good is not good enough for me. If I see great, then good is not enough. I naturally want to take good and make it great! By learning my top five from Strength Finders I understand my God given gifts and use them more effectively. I have noticed when I use my natural talents and strengths that my work just flows … in other words I stay in the flow.
What I have learned is if I am in flow, then I am on the right path for me. Thus, the path is illuminated when you are in the flow!
So, if you are not feeling it then you may not be on your predestined path. I highly recommend the book, Clifton Strength Finders 2.0, to explore the strengths you were born with to illuminate your path.
When you take time to do this and to discover your natural gifts, you are also returning to love. Because to return to love is to return to your inner self. Your inner self already knows about these gifts and has been waiting for you to discover them if you have not already. Always remember you are divinely made. You are born with innate and divine gifts to be used in this lifetime. It is time to discover your gifts, use your gifts, and get in the flow of life.
Sometimes you have to just do it! When I sat down to write this, I was not feeling it, but I had broken down the parts and knew what I wanted to say. As I wrote it began to flow. The synchronicity of everything falling into place came forward as I wrote. Do you have any synchronistic moments you would like to share? Do you have any tips on how you get into flow to work? Please comment below.
Dear Lord of All,
I ask for divine guidance on my path,
I ask for divine light to illuminate my path,
I give thanks for divine love on my path,