Heart: Cause, People, Role
Instructions: Step One
If you are like most people, you have never taken time to sort out and identify the things you are good at and things that motivate you. Doing so will help you be as effective as you can be in service to our Lord. One key to understanding your heartbeat is to look at your past accomplishments.
In the following areas, list the things that you enjoyed doing and did well (accomplishments), not simply pleasant experiences. Focus only on the highlights.
Examples: “I put on plays for the neighborhood kids with costumes, props, etc. We transformed the shed in the back of our house into a fairyland with lighting effects, decorations and princesses.”
“I started a Kool-Aid stand in the fourth grade and expanded it into three different stands. It was fun and I made money!”
“I had a job as a printer’s assistant and developed a method of cutting stereotypes which was faster and more accurate.”
“I ran for president and won sometimes when I was in school.”
“I have always liked to build things. Before I got married, I remodeled the kitchen of the little apartment I was living in.”
The Things I Did Well and Enjoyed Doing:
During My Grade School Years…
As a Junior High and High School Student…
In My College or Early Career Days (20’s)
In My “Thirty Something” Years
Up to the Present
Instructions: Step Two
After completing the above lists, consider the three directions of your heart or passion:
- a passion for a role (what you like to do);
- a passion for specific people (whom you like to help); and
- a passion for a cause (what you would like to see advanced).
Using your list of accomplishments, look for common motivational threads. You might find a key phrase or concept that is repeated. See if you can match your accomplishments and highlights with the “heartbeat” words listed below.
Step 1 - Circle 3 of the following Causes
My Passion for a Cause: I get excited about…
SHAPE area Category Specific Description
Heart Cause Abuse/Violence
Heart Cause Alcoholic Marriage
Heart Cause Animals
Heart Cause At-Risk Children
Heart Cause Bible Study
Heart Cause Blindness
Heart Cause Business and the Economy
Heart Cause Community/Neighborhood Issues
Heart Cause Compulsive Behavior Recovery
Heart Cause Deafness
Heart Cause Defense of the Faith
Heart Cause Depression
Heart Cause Disabilities and/or Support
Heart Cause Divorce Recovery
Heart Cause Drug and Alcohol Recovery
Heart Cause Education
Heart Cause Elderly Services
Heart Cause Environment
Heart Cause Ethics
Heart Cause Evangelism
Heart Cause Families/Marriage
Heart Cause Fellowship
Heart Cause Financial Management
Heart Cause Governmental Issues
Heart Cause Health and/or Fitness
Heart Cause Homelessness
Heart Cause Illiteracy
Heart Cause Illness and/or Injury
Heart Cause International and Global Affairs
Heart Cause Law and/or Justice System
Heart Cause Local Evangelism
Heart Cause Mobilize for Ministry
Heart Cause Parenting
Heart Cause Policy and/or Politics
Heart Cause Race
Heart Cause Regional, State or Federal Issues
Heart Cause Relief Efforts
Heart Cause Remarriage
Heart Cause Safety
Heart Cause Sanctity of Life
Heart Cause Science and/or Technology
Heart Cause Serving Ministry
Heart Cause Sexuality and/or Gender Issues
Heart Cause Spiritual Growth
Heart Cause World Evangelization
Heart Cause Worship
Step 2 - Circle 3 of the following People
My Passion for People: I love to be or work with…
SHAPE area Category Specific Description
Heart People Adults
Heart People Adult Children of Alcoholics
Heart People College/Career
Heart People Committed Christians
Heart People Co-workers
Heart People Elementary Children
Heart People Families
Heart People Handicapped People
Heart People High School Students
Heart People Ill Adults
Heart People Ill Children
Heart People Infants/Babies
Heart People Junior High Students
Heart People Married Couples
Heart People Men
Heart People Middle-Aged Adults
Heart People Military Personnel
Heart People Missionaries
Heart People Non-Christians (non-believers)
Heart People Pre-Marrieds
Heart People Preschool Children
Heart People Senior Adults
Heart People Single Adults
Heart People Toddlers
Heart People Widows
Heart People Women
Heart People Women in Abusive Marriages
Heart People Women in Alcoholic Marriages
Heart People Women w/ Non-believing Husbands
Heart People Young Adults
Heart People Young Marrieds
Heart People Young Men
Heart People Young women
Step 3 - Circle 3 of the following Roles that best describe you.
My Passion For A Role: I Love To...
SHAPE area Category Specific Description Definition
Heart Role Acquire/Possess shop, collect, or obtain things. I enjoy getting the highest quality for the best price.
Heart Role Bargain/Negotiate negotiate the terms of an agreement, as to sell or exchange
Heart Role Build form by combining materials or parts; construct
Heart Role Challenge summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate
Heart Role Coach train or tutor or to act as a trainer or tutor
Heart Role Defend (Apologetics) support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify
Heart Role Design and Develop make something out of nothing. I enjoy getting something started from scratch.
Heart Role Discipleship embracing and assisting in the development of another believer in Christ
Heart Role Encourage inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten
Heart Role Evangelize preaching and dissemination of the Gospel, as through missionary work
Heart Role Excel be the best and make my team the best. I enjoy setting and attaining the highest standard.
Heart Role Facilitate make easy or easier
Heart Role Follow the Rules operate by policies and procedures. I enjoy meeting the expectations of an organization or boss.
Heart Role Help/Serve assist others in their responsibility. I enjoy helping others succeed.
Heart Role Improve make things better. I enjoy taking something that someone else has designed or started and improve it.
Heart Role Influence convert people to my way of thinking. I enjoy shaping the attitudes and behaviors of others.
Heart Role Lead and Be in Charge lead the way, oversee and supervise. I enjoy determining how things will be done.
Heart Role Mentor serve as a trusted counselor or teacher to another
Heart Role Operate/Maintain efficiently maintain some things that are already organized.
Heart Role Organize bring order out of chaos. I enjoy organizing something that is already started.
Heart Role Perform be on stage and receive the attention of others. I enjoy being in the limelight.
Heart Role Persevere see things to completion. I enjoy persisting at something until it is finished.
Heart Role Pioneer test out and try new concepts. I am not afraid to risk failure.
Heart Role Prevail fight for what is right and oppose what is wrong. I enjoy overcoming injustice.
Heart Role Repair fix what is broken or change what is out of date.
Heart Role Study pursuit of knowledge, as by reading, observation, or research
Heart Role Support act in a secondary or subordinate role to (a leading performer)
Heart Role Teach impart knowledge or skill to
Heart Role Teach/Mobilize help others achieve their potential.