Personal Announcement

Six months ago in a blog post, I signaled that a change was coming. I didn’t know how it would play out, but I sensed there was a journey to take. I wanted to understand more about my life mission, so I wrote:

Some people refer to it as your calling or holy discontent or life mission or the reason you were put here. I like what Frederick Buechner says: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

So I went on a journey that included mentoring conversations, soul searching, a few assessments, classes, readings, and prayer. I asked questions like:

  • What has made me feel alive?
  • What have people said I’m good at?
  • When have I felt God’s pleasure?
  • What can’t I live without doing?

And here’s where I ended up, which disrupted my life as I knew it—I need to be with people, and help them grow. That’s the answer to all the questions I was asking.

Six months ago, I knew the journey would require change, so I wrote:

But sometimes you have to go narrow in order to go deep. Understanding one’s life mission helps you to whittle away the extraneous stuff that is getting in the way of your calling. No matter how good it is, it may be blocking the sacred place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

And it did require change. Six months later, my life looks pretty different:

  • Instead of leading our company’s marketing department, I lead human resources
  • I’m focused on growth and wellbeing, instead of projects and tasks
  • I spend most of my time asking questions, instead of answering them
  • I meet with people all day long

But the change was totally worth it. My new work is thrilling and I love it!

I’m helping people increase their wellbeing, operate in their strengths, and grow in their sense of purpose so they can be wellsprings in their workplaces, families, and communities.

We focus on things like creating awareness of the current state of things, obtaining future vision of where to go, shaping action steps to get there, and removing obstacles in the way.

By the end of this year, I should have enough training, testing, and coaching hours to be officially accredited as a life/leadership coach by the International Coach Federation. But even though I’m not accredited yet, I know enough to help. I’ve gotten started already.

In addition to my day job, I’m opening up time slots for coaching via telephone. Some are filled, but there are still a few left.

So let me ask you, Where does your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet? What makes you feel alive? What are you good at? When have you felt God’s pleasure? What can’t you live without doing?

Getting there may require change and it may be disruptive, but I can tell you already—it’ll be worth it!

Want to explore this together? Email me at chris@chrisheinz.com for a free discovery call.

Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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11 thoughts on “Personal Announcement

  1. It’s been great seeing you approach challenges and changes with courage, transparency, and humility! God bless you as you follow Him!

  2. Chris, congratulations! What you are doing fits my experience of you perfectly. At 66 plus years old I feel I’m only beginning to understand, in some ways, who I am, and how to live my life. Life is a journey, that’s for sure! Your description of what you are doing in Human Resources is awesome. What a blessing for employees to have someone like you to support them. I think Life Coaching is something that would benefit at anyone at various times in their lives. God bless you in these new efforts Chris. We will always hold you close to our hearts.

  3. I knew it would be great, Chris & that you would find it! I’ll continue to look forward to hearing how God continues to move and grow you! I just need to start blogging again! 😊

  4. Chris, Thanks for sharing. In the last 2 years I have been asking myself exactly the same questions, looking for exactly the same answers, spending an year with an exactly the same coach (same association and same program) and ended up creating my personal life/purpose statement. Obviously God is behind that.

  5. Dear Chris, We wish you the best in your new venture. I’m sure you will touch many lives, as you have mine. With love.

  6. Hi Chris, First of all, thank you so much for your sacrificial and excellent labors for christnow.com. And, secondly, I’m excited about how the Lord is leading you into the next stage of your life in Him. May He bless and keep you, as you serve your company, your family and beyond.

  7. Glad to hear you have found your personal place of peace and joy, Chris. Thanks for the invitation, but I think I’m where I’m supposed to be, doing what I’m supposed to do. Blessings, Doug P.S. Your blog site still lists you as Chief Marketing Director, but you said you are now in H.R.

  8. Thanks for this, Chris. I’m so glad that you’ve discovered such a good fit for yourself and that it happens to be helping other people find a good fit for themselves! You can speak from experience right off the bat. Also, I’m jotting those questions down so I can ponder them…

  9. I am so excited for you. Like you, I have sensed a narrowing of my focus – to the “this one thing”. How rewarding to go forward in the very place God has created us to fit in this time. Blessings on you for the continued journey. Time to let the “rivers of living water” flow out of your belly. I love it!