Younique: Designing the Life That God Dreamed for You
WHO: Will Mancini, a church consultant and ministry entrepreneur.
HE SAYS: “Inspirational glimpses into next-level living don’t take you there; only steps do.”
THE BIG IDEA: You can discover your life vision and align your life vocation.
Part 1, “Your Journey,” outlines how to start discovering your personal calling. Part 2, “Your One Thing,” talks about how to discover your sweet spot. Part 3, “Your Identity,” looks at how to declare who you are today.
Part 4, “Your Direction,” gets you started on developing a simple plan for tomorrow. Part 5, “Your Renewal,” explores how to live with clarity every day. The book wraps up with Part 6, “Your Destiny,” how to fulfill God’s dream of you and for you.
“Your greatest opportunity in the Holy Spirit’s transforming work is to become your true self, to be a powerfully productive disciple in your particular way.”
A CONVERSATION WITH WILL MANCINI
What prompted you to write this book?
As a clarity and vision consultant for the church, I fell in love with designing powerful tools and facilitation practices that bring break-thru to teams. While building the Auxano team I began to tinker with tools for the individual’s clarity. In 2012 I started speaking about special calling and personal vision. In 2014 I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to create a gospel-centered life design process. The book represents the overview of that journey that now over 2,500 people have experienced.
What tips do you have for readers on slowing down and realizing their divine design?
The first point is to remember that God had a dream over your life when you were born. The most important breakthroughs in the intangible areas of our lives—understanding God’s dream for you, life calling, or goal setting, etc.—all require margin. Where there is no margin there is no imagination.
The most important tip is to simply calendar-block. That is, plan time to reflect and process and plan all of the other time of your life. NOTE: Some people are natural planners and others are not. Believe it or not I am not a natural planner. But calendar-blocking and scheduling time to reflect is for everyone.
When God created day and night, he built calendar-blocking into the universe for our physical life replenishment, because most people sleep every night. He did the same when he established the Sabbath.
There is almost never an obstacle to plugging time into your calendar for planned reflection. Start by setting aside at least 15 minutes once a week and at least two hours once a quarter and at least one day every year for planned reflection. A little calendar-blocking on a regular basis goes a long way.
Why is this clarity in purpose so important for living the Christian life?
Most believers with the best intentions will spend their lives being what people pay them to be or imitating the success of others. Add in the speed of life, and years go by in a flash without taking any time for processed reflection. Precision in self awareness is rare. As a result, believers don’t even come close to maximizing the unique ultimate contribution that each person was created to make.