In my own life I found that once I developed a mission statement that was broad enough to cover my interests and activities both on and off “the job,” my life began to make a dramatic shift. Decision making came more easily, because now I had something against which to measure my activities. I learned firsthand the terror and majesty and power of having an exciting mission statement—one that says “This is what I am about.” I began to shed my fears about losing or not having a job, since I knew I would always have my mission, and any job I got would have to be an expression of that.
Having a personal mission statement can help you make decisions in both your work and your home. Knowing your personal mission statement is the best career insurance you can have, because once you are clear about what you were put here to do, then “jobs” become only a means toward your mission, not an end in themselves. Having and knowing your personal mission statement can also help you navigate the mercurial world of relationships, where seemingly so few of us can exert much control. Having a personal mission statement has been shown, in fact, to be the one thing that can keep someone alive in settings as brutal and life-threatening as concentration camps.
Although I offer a formula, this is not a course about formulas. It is rather about process, recognizing that most people’s missions will unfold as a bloom rather than take off like a bang. A mission is evolutionary as well as revolutionary, and much patience, pausing and persistence is called for along the way.
Nevertheless, people with clearly defined missions have always led those who haven’t any. You are either living your mission, or you are living someone else’s. Let’s walk the path together and discover what may be holding you back.
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~Live. Breathe. Joy. Laurie Beth