Coaching Others to Discover Their Purpose

How 'Do Good Works' Provides a Coaching Roadmap

The value of coaching is huge in life and in leadership. I have personally gleaned a great deal from coaches that have poured into my leadership journey. But perhaps the greatest coaching I ever received was from a co-worker who helped me discover my purpose in life.

This careful coaching was framed around a passage of scripture in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” That coaching took place more than 15 years ago, but it has shaped my life, leadership, and career path in undeniable ways.

Do Good Works CoverWhen I wrote Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do?, I set out on a journey to help others awaken the “good works” God created them to do. But my hope was also much greater. I wanted to develop a tool that mentors, coaches, and leaders could use as a coaching roadmap to help friends, co-workers, and mentees discover their God-given purpose.

That’s part of the reason Do Good Works includes the Good Works Journal in the back of the book. This simple tool provides a pathway to foster great conversations, and to help the person you are coaching identify the ten pieces of the Good Works Puzzle.

If you’re looking for a new book to discuss with a team you are leading, or if you’re mentoring someone through a one-on-one coaching relationship, check out Do Good Works. Here are what a few others leaders are saying about Do Good Works: 

“Do Good Works isn’t just another book. It is a personification of who Stephen Blandino is—this is his life message. His passion for calling and life purpose is with the belief that there is more in you, for you, and through you. You’ll want everyone you know to be called to good works.”

Dr. Sam Chand, Leadership Consultant and Author of Leadership Pain

“Do Good Works is a compelling and practical guide to discover the unique purpose God created you to fulfill. If your purpose is unclear, you’re dissatisfied with your job, or if you’ve ever questioned how God could use you to make a difference in the world, this book is for you. I believe in Stephen Blandino, and his book will help you find focus and live out the good works God made you to do.

Tony Morgan, Founder & Chief Strategic Officer of The Unstuck Group

“I want to maximize this one life I was given, which is why I highly recommend Do Good Works to anyone seeking to better understand their God-given purpose. Whether you’re starting out, starting over, or just looking for clarity and direction, this book will help you understand and live out God’s unique design for your life.”

Chris Railey, National Director of Church Multiplication Network

“I’ve been engaged in the topic of life planning for almost three decades as a speaker, writer and coach. In Do Good Works, Stephen Blandino has given us one of the most practical and accessible resources I’ve seen on this important topic. Follow this process and get started on the good works God has prepared in advance just for you.”

Steve Moore, President, Nexleader, Author of Who is My Neighbor?

 

You can learn more about Do Good Works, coaching, or seminars at at DoGoodWorksBook.com. You can also download the free Six-Session Group Discussion Guide or request special pricing on bulk orders.

 

Turning ‘Do Good Works’ Into a Small Group at Church, Work, or with Friends

Download the Free Six-Session Group Discussion Guide Today

Learning with friends or colleagues is a great way to assimilate new ideas and apply fresh insights to your life. My new book, Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do? just released, and to help you take the journey with friends, I’ve developed the Do Good Works Six-Session Group Discussion Guide.

This FREE Guide will help you facilitate great conversation as you explore six thought-provoking sessions:

Do Good Works Group Discussion Guide1 – You Were Created ON Purpose

2 – You Were Cultivated FOR Purpose

3 – You Were Crafted WITH Purpose

4 – You Were Called TO Purpose

5 – Turning Ten Facts Into One Focus

6 – Matching Your Good Works with a Good Role

Do Good Works and this helpful discussion guide are great tools to discuss with friends, co-workers, and in church small groups. Download the discussion guide HERE for free.

 

The Decision that Changed the Trajectory of My Life

How I Discovered My Purpose in Life

I enjoy helping people discover the purpose God created them to fulfill. I particularly enjoy helping younger leaders. With a long runway ahead of them, I see years of potential just waiting to be discovered, developed, and deployed.

But that’s not the case for everyone.

Countless times, as I’ve taught groups how to discover their “good works,” I’ve heard the agony of regret: “I wish I’d heard this 30 years ago.” You can hear the lament, the disappointment, the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens, sucking the life out of the years that remain. Like a menacing storm cloud brewing on the horizon, feelings of fear and inadequacy mock them with an ominous message: “It’s too late!”

Maybe you feel the same way. Maybe what is doesn’t look anything like the what if you dreamed of in earlier years. Maybe the years have passed with nothing to show but an unremarkable collection of disappointments coupled with your fair share of scars, pain, and heartache. With it, your confidence has turned to doubt, and your optimistic aspirations have turned into palpable cynicism.

Or maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum, just beginning your journey, but franticly searching for direction. Time is running out to be the next sensation to hit the market, attract the most followers, secure the most downloads, or garner the most views. If you don’t figure it out soon, you’ll turn 30, and then it’ll be too late. You’ll be the old, irrelevant, out-of-touch guy still trying to be cool with his hip hair and stylish jeans.

Regardless of which end of the scale you find yourself on, the same question haunts you: Am I doing what I was made to do? Like a permanent fixture in the landscape of our future, the question doesn’t go away. At first it whispers. Then it mumbles. Before long stutters and babbling become all-out shouts and screams like the passengers on a plane in a quick decent. The end is near, and the question still hasn’t been answered.

I came face-to-face with “the question” in my early 30s.

I had just transitioned into a new role with a fledgling organization. While I enjoyed what I was doing, I didn’t have a clear purpose for my life. I didn’t know the “thing” God created me to do. After all, a job is not a purpose. It’s simply one role through which my purpose can be fulfilled. Purpose is much bigger, like an umbrella. Once the umbrella is opened, we can choose roles to place under the umbrella that will help us carefully and strategically fulfill our purpose.

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At this pivotal moment in my life, I met Steve Moore. Steve and I worked in the same organization, and I quickly discovered the extraordinary sense of purpose that accompanied his life. He was like the purpose Yoda. Every word he spoke and action he took seemed to exude meaning and intention. “Why can’t I be like that?” I thought.

His clarity was born out of a deep awareness of his past, his strengths, and his passions, but more importantly, out of a growing personal relationship with God. His life wasn’t just some new version of a self-help seminar on display; it was a living, breathing expression of purpose formed out of a Biblical worldview.

To my delight, I quickly discovered that Steve enjoyed helping young leaders discover their purpose, too. Needless to say, I was a candidate. No, he didn’t ask me if I wanted to sit at the feet of Yoda and drink from his fountain of wisdom. I sought him out. I asked for help. I set aside all of my pre-conceived notions and started from the beginning. That single decision, and the conversations that followed, changed the trajectory of my life.

In my conversations with Steve, he reminded me of the words the apostle Paul wrote to the church in the city of Ephesus:

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

That phrase “do good works” captured my attention. Equally captivating was the fact that God determined these “good works” before I was even born. He prepared them in advance as my assignment, my task, my calling, and my mission.

Over the course of the next year, Steve used this verse as a framework to help me clarify the good works God had called me to do. I embarked on a journey that would cause me to reflect on my history, explore my identity, and wrestle with a practical expression of good works that would glorify God.

I worked on my “good works project” for a while, and then I’d put it down for a few weeks. After several iterations of working and reflecting, I emerged with clarity. I’m sure it took longer than it needed to, but I was determined not to rush the process. I wanted clarity over urgency, confidence over quickness, understanding over speed. At the end of the process, I was clear.

I was able to boil my good works down to one sentence…one clear, focused, and deeply meaningful sentence that articulated my life’s mission. You can, too.

Do Good Works CoverThat’s what my new book is all about. In Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do?, I take you on a journey to discover how God created you on purpose, cultivated you for purpose, crafted you with purpose, and called you to purpose. Then, I help you link all of those puzzles pieces together to clarify the good works God prepared for you to do.

Before it’s over, you’ll be able to articulate your good works in a single sentence, and I’ll walk you through a process to identify the best roles where you can fulfill the thing God created you to do.

Do Good Works is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and on Kindle. Plus, for a limited time, you can access a bonus resource when you purchase Do Good Works. Check it out today at DoGoodWorksBook.com.

 

My New Book, ‘Do Good Works’ is Finally Here

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My new book, Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do? is out today. For me, this is far more than a book…it represents my life message. It captures years of insights and presents them in a compelling and extremely practical approach that helps you answer the question that haunts every generation: Am I doing what I was made to do?

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For years I’ve taught, written, and coached others on the subject of discovering your life’s purpose. Whether speaking at a conference, teaching in a classroom, investing in my staff, engaging in a coaching conversation, or writing an article, the subject of life purpose has always fascinated me. The apostle Paul captured it well when he said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The question people wrestle with is, “What are the specific good works God created me to do?”

Do Good Works helps you answer that question, and leaders like Sam Chand, Tony Morgan, Steve Moore, and Chris Railey have already endorsed it. In Do Good Works, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get unstuck and find direction for your life.
  • Turn over the ten pieces of the “Good Works Puzzle” and link them together to discover your purpose
  • Clarify your gifts, abilities, passions, values, calling, and more so you can pursue the good works God created you to do.
  • Craft your insights into a compelling Good Works Statement that captures God’s call for your life
  • Find a role that matches who God made you to be so that you can live out your good works every day
  • Make your slice of the world flourish as you do good works

Do Good Works presents a practical process to discover your good works and live everyday with significance. Do Good Works is for…

  • People who are asking, “How do I discover my purpose in life and truly make my life count?”
  • College students and young adults who want to pinpoint the direction for their future and find a role that’s right for them.
  • Leaders, mentors, and coaches who want to help a friend, team, or mentee play to their strengths and live on purpose.
  • Anyone at a crossroads who wants to figure out what’s next, make a job transition, or do what matters most.

For a limited time…

Do Good Works & GO!When you buy Do Good Works, you can download my book, GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution free. Do Good Works will help you discover your God-given purpose. GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution will help you develop your God-given potential.

TOGETHER…You’ll be equipped to make your life count and maximize your impact in the world. To claim your bonus, just go to DoGoodWorksBook.com.

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Do Good Works is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million in paperback or on Kindle. Check it out today, and discover the good works waiting for you to fulfill.

 

Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do?

Answering the Question that Spans Every Generation

Am I doing what I was made to do? That questions spans every generation like a permanent fixture in the landscape of our future. We desperately want to make our lives count, but we often find ourselves trapped in a holding pattern of frustration and disappointment.

Maybe that’s how you feel.

Maybe what is doesn’t look anything like the what if you dreamed of in earlier years. Or maybe you’re just beginning your journey, but you’re franticly searching for direction so you can make the biggest impact with your life. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you find yourself on, the same question haunts you: Am I doing what I was made to do?

But it doesn’t have to go unanswered.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Before you were even born, God designed “good works” for you to do. He designed you to do something important, something that matters, and something that will make a difference in our world.

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In my new book, Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made To Do, I provide a clear pathway to answer “the question,” and help you get unstuck, discover your purpose, and make the world flourish.

You’ll learn how God created you ON purpose, cultivated you FOR purpose, crafted you WITH purpose, and called you TO purpose. No matter what your past holds, the pain you’ve experienced in life, or the challenges you’ve faced to get where you are today, Do Good Works will help you discover the extraordinary intentionality God used in creating you, designing you, and preparing you to do good works that matter.

Filled with hope, inspiring stories, and practical ideas, Do Good Works will equip you with ideas and insights to discover the unique good works God created you to do. You’ll discover how to:

  • Break out of your holding pattern, get unstuck, and find direction
  • Turn over the ten pieces of your “Good Works Puzzle” so you can discover what you do best
  • Link your puzzle pieces together to discover the specific Good Works God designed you to do
  • Find a role at work, church, in your community, or in culture that will help you fulfill your good works
  • Live out your good works and make the world around you flourish

Do Good Works is not only inspirational, but it also provides an extremely practical roadmap to discover your purpose, find a role that’s right for you, and leverage your God-given strengths to make the world flourish. Plus, the “My Good Works Journal” at the back of the book will help you capture all of these insights and hone them into your own “Good Works Statement.”

Get your copy of Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do? today (Available in Paperback or on Kindle). Plus, take advantage of the bonus resources available at DoGoodWorksBook.com.

Download 2 Free Chapters From My New Book, ‘DO GOOD WORKS’

Official Release is January 31st...Get a Preview Now

My new book, Do Good Works: Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do? officially releases Tuesday, January 31st. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” If you’ve ever wondered what your unique “good works” are, my new book will give you a practical roadmap to help you get unstuck, discover your purpose, and make the world around you flourish. Get a preview now by downloading TWO FREE CHAPTERS at www.DoGoodWorksBook.com.

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Here’s How to Get a Free Copy of My New Book

Join My Launch Team and Get a Digital Version Free (plus bonus resources)

Do Good Works CoverMy new book, Do Good Works equips readers to answer the question that spans every generation: “Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do?” Two days ago I invited you to join the launch team for Do Good Works. We had a great response, and we’ve already given away all the physical review copies. But there’s still time to join the launch team and get a FREE digital copy of the book.

So, what’s the book about?

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” All of us want to make our lives count, and Do Good Works provides a practical pathway to discover the unique “good works” God prepared in advance for you to do.

In Do Good Works, you’ll learn how God created you ON purpose, cultivated you FOR purpose, crafted you WITH purpose, and called you TO purpose. You’ll turn over the ten pieces of the Good Works Puzzle, craft your insights into a compelling Good Works Statement, and identify a role (in your community, church, career, or culture) that will help you live out your good works every day. Inspiring, and immensely practical, Do Good Works will help you (and those you mentor) get unstuck, discover your purpose, and make the world around you flourish.

Would You Be Willing to Help?

Would you be willing to join my launch team today, and help people awaken God’s unique purpose for their lives. The launch team is a group of people willing to spread the word about Do Good Works. You can sign-up HERE.

As a Do Good Works Launch Team Member, you’ll receive:

  • A digital copy of Do Good Works
  • A digital copy of my book, GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution
  • A copy of the Do Good Works Group Discussion Guide

As a member of the Do Good Works Launch Team, you agree to:

  • Read the book ASAP
  • Write a brief review on Amazon.com (pro or con)
  • Spread the word about Do Good Works via Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any way you can (especially during the week of January 30th)

Visit DoGoodWorksBook.com to sign-up for the Do Good Works Launch Team, and to learn more about the book.

My prayer is that Do Good Works will inspire hope, awaken purpose, and cause our world to flourish.

Join the Launch Team for My New Book “Do Good Works” and Receive a Free Hard Copy of the Book

Do Good Works CoverI’m incredibly excited about the launch of my new book, Do Good Works. Do Good Works helps readers answer the question that spans every generation: “Am I Doing What I Was Made to Do?”

We desperately want to make our lives count, yet we often find ourselves trapped in a holding pattern of frustration. But the question doesn’t have to go unanswered. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

In Do Good Works, you’ll discover the specific good works God prepared in advance for you to do. You’ll learn how God created you on purpose, cultivated you for purpose, crafted you with purpose, and called you to purpose. You’ll turn over the ten pieces of the Good Works Puzzle, craft your insights into a compelling Good Works Statement, and identify a role (in your community, church, career, or culture) that will help you live out your good works every day. Inspiring, and immensely practical, Do Good Works will help you (and those you mentor) get unstuck, discover your purpose, and make the world around you flourish.

But I need your help…

I’m looking for 50 people to join my launch team for Do Good Works. It’s a group of people willing to spread the word about the book. You can sign-up HERE.

As a Do Good Works Launch Team Member, you’ll receive:

  • A free hard copy of Do Good Works shipped to you immediately (sorry, U.S. residents only)
  • A digital copy of my book, GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution
  • A copy of the Do Good Works Group Discussion Guide

As a member of the Do Good Works Launch Team, you agree to:

  • Read the book ASAP upon receipt
  • Write a brief review on Amazon.com (pro or con)
  • Spread the word about Do Good Works via Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any way you can (especially during the week of January 30th)

Visit DoGoodWorksBook.com to sign-up for the Do Good Works Launch Team, and to learn more about the book.

Your help is sincerely appreciated. Most importantly, my hope is that Do Good Works will have a profound impact on your life and those you influence.