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.

 

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

Get it Today and Claim a Free Bonus

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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Click Here to Order Your Copy Today

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.

 

ON vs. IN: A Distinction Between Leading and Managing

Shifting From What You're Supposed to Do, to What You Should Do

Management and leadership are uniquely different. In previous articles I’ve shared the traits that set management and leadership apart, how to manage the tension between the two, and how leaders can resist the lure toward management. Both leadership and management are essential in an organization. Without management, there will be vision without action. Without leadership there will be routine without risk. But with leadership and management, there will be inspiration plus execution.

Another critical distinction in the leadership/management tension is the all too familiar ON vs. IN. Leaders have a responsibility to work ON the organization. They work at the 30,000 foot level, leading with a unique perspective on the organization, and charting a course toward a brighter future. Leaders work ON the organization, endeavoring to help it grow, expand, and multiply.

Managers, on the other hand, work IN the organization. They spend their time ensuring systems and processes are functioning efficiently. They keep the team focused on the day-to-day task at hand. They don’t look up to see where we’re going; instead, they make sure we’re doing what needs to be done to get where the leader said we’re going.

When leaders get bogged down with the IN, they abdicate their responsibility to work ON. Both are important, but ON is the priority for leaders.

If you were once a manager (and now you’re a leader), you’ll especially find yourself tempted to drift back into management mode. The goal of management is to do what we’re supposed to do; the goal of leadership is to do what we should do. One focuses on the past while the other focuses on the future. You can work IN for a season, but in the long-run you’ll drift into predictable mediocrity. You’ll get stuck. Progress will cease.

Leaders lead with a vision for the future, not a system for sameness. Leaders determine what’s next, what’s new, and what’s not. That doesn’t mean that people don’t need systems. Systems actually help you better manage the chaos that organizations experience when they’re growing. But if systems dictate the future, innovation will quickly go by the wayside. Leaders innovate. They work ON not IN.