This is a guest post from Ryan J. Ferrier. Ryan has successfully launched internet startups that have been acquired by Microsoft and Zynga. He now helps young professionals launch lives that matter. You can also follow him on Twitter.
If you have a problem worth solving or a prize worth pursuing, it’s not enough to just put your mind to fulfilling that purpose. It is not just a matter of putting your heart into it either.
If nothing is going to stand in your way, you’ve got to throw your entire self into that pursuit. It’s an all encompassing task.
But what does it look like to put all of who you are into something?
There’s a short scripture verse that I have found helpful:
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
Interestingly this sentence is just about all that is said about Jesus in the years leading up to his public ministry.
Still, it says quite a lot. In preparing to live out his purpose, Jesus grew in four key areas:
- Wisdom: mentally and emotionally
- Stature: physically
- Favor with God: spiritually
- Favor with man: relationally
With this model in mind, invest accordingly.
- Invest in wisdom. Wisdom is more than just mental acuity. It’s really about insight and understanding. Insight into how the world works, how people operate, how situations unfold and in light of those insights, understanding the most appropriate way to live. Wisdom is mental and emotional intelligence applied to the study of life. It’s being ‘life smart.”
To grow in wisdom, I like to:
- Read and study material that makes me smarter
- Listen to my life by taking time to reflect on patterns and situations that reoccur
- Watch and follow others that I admire
- Practice what I have learned
Keep it simple and keep it fun:
- Eat whole foods
- Move around a lot
- Go hard occasionally
Each morning I like to take time to do the following:
- Sit in silence
- Read scripture and other inspirational material
- Meditate on what I’ve read
A company can fire you. It’s a lot harder for true friends to do the same.
And ironically, if you want the work of your hands to have a real and lasting impact, you’ll need key relationships to keep you committed to that purpose.
Here are the steps that I am taking to become more relationally connected:
- Clear time on my calendar for family and friends
- Open myself to chance encounters and impromptu social opportunities
- Invest deeply in a few key relationships
So that’s the whole picture. And if, like Jesus, we commit to being whole people, nothing will stand in our way.