Taking Charge of Your Life

PURPOSE

“Amid all our busyness, our impossible schedules, our frantic quests for fun and excitement, we must find time for discovery, for taking that journey into true meaning.”

RICHARD J. LEIDER
LIFE SKILLS

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Taking Charge of Your Life has been presented to hundreds of people as a seminar. The response has been such that it is now offered as a series of personal study guides.

If you are interested in growing to fulfil your potential this course is for you.

The approach is wholistic. Many are amazed at the scope as emotional, relational, motivational and spiritual needs are comprehensively addressed.

It uses insight from practical psychology, life skills, motivational and biblical perspectives to assist you in your personal and professional development.

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Your Purpose

01

Taking Charge of Your Purpose

Assisting you to look again at what life is all about for you—your direction, goals, unique set of talents—the first life management step.

Your Relationships

02

Taking Charge of your Relationships

Practical insights and skills that impact on friendship, marriage and career.

Wisdom Drops

“Unless a person has a reason to live other than for himself, he will die—first mentally, then emotionally, then physically.”

RICHARD NIXON
TIME 2-4, 1990

Your Feelings

03

Taking Charge of your Feelings

Dealing with depression, anger, anxiety, conflict management.

The Addictions

04

Taking Charge of addictions

Workaholism, perfectionism, codependency, as well as substance addiction.

Wisdom Drops

“To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of direction. You need a commitment to something bigger and more important than yourself.”

BRIAN TRACY
MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT

Your Choices

05

Taking Charge of your Choices

Awakening the giant within.

Personal and Professional Success

06

Taking Charge of your Life

Time and life management skills— getting in touch with those deeper passions that motivate and drive us to achieve..

YOUR PURPOSE

The Foundation of your growth

Among our greatest needs is a
sense of identity and purpose.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon, in his post-Watergate experience, wrote about purpose as a matter of life or death.

“Unless a person has a reason to live other than for himself, he will die—first mentally, then emotionally, then physically.”

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was asked what was worse than being born blind. She quickly replied,

“To have sight and no vision.”

King Solomon

“Where there is no vision, people perish.”
Proverbs 29:18 KJV

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Richard Leider, writing in his book, Life Skills, defines lack of personal purpose as a state of ‘inner kill’.

He asserts it is ‘the most insatiable killer’ in modern Western society.

‘Inner kill’ is dying without knowing it. It’s feeling like you’re coping without being fully alive.

“Inner kill” is not growing, It’s taking the safe way. Always covering for yourself instead of taking risks.

It’s reacting, instead of thinking. It’s giving up control of your life to whatever or whomever is around you.

“Inner kill” is the death of self-respect

“You have ‘inner kill’ when you:

• Avoid decisions
• Daydream about early retirement
• Talk a lot about what you’re going to do, instead of doing it.
• Seek significance on the basis of past accomplishments.”

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KNOWING YOURSELF

A central goal of the Taking Charge of Your Life course is
to assist you in understanding yourself and what you really want from life.

Warren Bennis

“Knowing yourself is the most difficult task any of us faces. But until you truly know yourself, strengths and weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you cannot succeed in any but the most superficial sense of the word.”

Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

Helen Keller

“I know who I was, who I am, and where I want to be. So in other words, I know the level of commitment I am prepared to make end why.”

Dan Kaplan, quoted in The Credibility Factor, a video by P. Jordan

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy, a leading authority on success and motivation, writes about the imperative of a clear sense of direction.

“To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of direction. You need a commitment to something bigger and more important than yourself.”

BRIAN TRACY
MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT

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Take a few minutes to ask yourself…

• What are my values—the things that really count?
• What difference does my life make?
• Do I have a personal sense of purpose?
• Does my life have more to offer-is there more to discover?

“To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of direction. You need a commitment to something bigger and more important than yourself.”

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SETTING GOALS

The setting of goals is a powerful way
of defining and focusing on purpose.

Goal Setting

Take a few moments to think of one specific goal you would like to achieve.

It is important to speak out aloud or write it out. 

Be Realistic

You have space to write out three of the strategic steps needed to achieve your goal.

Your goal needs to be realistic and at the same time challenging.

Be Challenging

It is important to set deadlines for both goals and strategies.
Goal setting will help you derive maximum benefit from the Taking Charge of Your Life course.
Real growth takes place when we are focused.

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“For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.”

ROMANS 12:3
RSV BIBLE

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YOUR SELF IMAGE

A CENTRAL FACTOR . . .
A major block to taking charge of our lives is an unrealistic self-image.

Drs. Minirth and Meier,

Clinical psychiatrists, Drs. Minirth and Meier, write about the central importance of our self-esteem.

“Knowing how we became the way we are, understanding the sources of our damaged self-esteem, is a major step toward becoming emotionally whole and healthy.

Drs. Minirth, Meier and Arterburn, The Complete Life Encylopedia

Self Worth


Our sense of self-worth determines how we function in every area of our lives:

• Our sense of purpose
• Our feelings
• Our behaviour
• Our relationships
• Our careers

Self Acceptance

. . . think of yourself with sober judgement.”
Romans 12:3, RSV Bible

We need to recognise the things we can and cannot do well. A modern translation puts it this way;

“Have a sane estimate of your abilities.”

An understanding of our worth and our self-acceptance is a recurring theme in this series. It is an essential factor in emotional health and happiness.

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—THREE DESCRIPTIVE LEVELS CAN HELP IN THINKING ABOUT PURPOSES

Each level has to be mastered, in turn, before the next can be fully processed. All three parts need to be discovered as we grow toward

“Our talents and abilities are gifts of life, but we must choose the work in which we will invest them.”

 

 

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