Uncovering Your Purpose: Interview with Jeff Goins

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Jeff Goins

Photo by Ashley Goins

Jeff Goins is a writer who blogs at goinswriter.com and the author of Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life. In this book, Jeff shares stories from his own life and the lives of others to explain what it means to be “wrecked”—an experience that occurs when God transforms your view of the world.

I received Wrecked a few months ago as a gift, and I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t help but identify with everything that Jeff shared. The book provides a sense of validation to those who are experiencing the “wrecking”, but it also offers practical advice for making sure that the transformation turns into action.

I had the opportunity to interview Jeff this past week, and he shared his thoughts on purpose, fear, and following his calling. Jeff’s carefully chosen words were encouraging and inspiring, and I’m excited to share his wisdom with you.

What would you say your God-given purpose is?

JEFF: You know, I think that our understanding of purpose evolves over time. I would say that my purpose is to encourage and challenge people with words. I’ve resigned to the fact that my words have weight to them and can inspire people to change and live better lives. I think that’s one of the things that I’m really focusing on in this season.

Your book Wrecked describes a life experience that many people go through as they pursue their calling. How would you define being “wrecked”?

JEFF: To be “wrecked” is to intentionally step into discomfort. The irony is that being wrecked can [either] happen to you, or it’s something you can choose. But the result is essentially the same, and you end up seeing the world differently. And I would add, redemptively.

In your book, you talk about how being “wrecked” is important, but it needs to turn into commitment. How do you stay focused and motivated as you work toward your goals?

JEFF: I don’t really live my life by goals or plans. I don’t worry too much about the outcome. What I do try to keep in check is my core values, [which are] certain values I think I need to be living by. One of the problems with living a goal-based life is that you can compromise your values to reach your goals.

My core values are my faith, my family, and what I understand my calling to be. If I continue to “fill the buckets” of those values, so to speak, then the outcome is good.

An example of that might be that I need to pursue my passion of writing, [but] rarely do I have a goal of how many words I need to write per day. Instead I focus on the process, which means I need to be writing regularly. [When I do this], I end up with material for books.

Fear is an enemy that must be overcome as we walk toward our purpose. In what ways have you experienced fear, and how have you worked to move past it?

JEFF: Fear is a big one, and I don’t work through fear. It is always present— I never get to surpass it. What I’ve discovered is that when I am stepping into an important part of my calling or an undertaking that I know I should be doing, fear is always present. So instead of avoiding circumstances that cause fear, I’ve come to realize that it’s a good indication that I’m on the right path. Courage is not the absence of fear; it’s working in spite of it. So I don’t try to get rid of fear. I acknowledge it as a presence in my life, and in some ways, it’s a form of encouragement. It’s an opportunity to be brave.

What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of this journey that God has you on?

JEFF: That I don’t know how it’s going to end, and I’m not supposed to.

Read His Book!

If you have yet to read Wrecked, you should definitely buy a copy of your own. You won’t regret it!

To learn a bit more before you buy, check out The You Are Project’s review.

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.
  • http://www.diningfordignity.org Kelly Master

    Excellent article and look forward to reading the book.