Everyone has a mission in life. We all do, but most of us aren’t really aware of that. In business, we learn how important it is to identify your mission because everything else revolves around your particular mission for that business. In life, we also need to identify our mission, yet most of us never do that because I’m not sure we know we need to identify our mission!
I view my life as a grand experiment. I am here to learn, to share, to teach and to learn some more! I am always trying new things, because in my counseling practice I have a motto, “If it’s not good enough for me or I wouldn’t do it, it’s not good enough for my clients and I wouldn’t ask them to do it!” And I have lived by that for 25+ years in many different agencies and eventually in my own practice. And it has worked for me because it is genuine. It is what I truly believe and who I am.
It doesn’t matter who you are, it is important to know what your personal mission is because if your personal mission lines up with your professional mission, it’s so easy and awesome it’s scary. The problem is most people don’t know what their personal mission is in life (clue: it’s not to make money, that’s a side issue) and then we get to a point where we are wondering about what life means. If you take some time to identify your personal mission, the meaning of life becomes much clearer.
My personal mission is, and has been for as long as I can remember, to help people live better lives. I have, since I was a teenager, always tried to help people be happier, do better, etc. Now, for many years, I was misguided in my efforts, but that is okay because eventually I found a passion (counseling) and I have gotten much better at my efforts. I also understand that all I can do is provide some guidance and support, it’s up to each individual person what they ultimately decide to do in their own life. I am always looking for new ways to help people and I am learning new stuff whenever I can to achieve that purpose.
When your life mission and your professional mission somewhat match, life is so much easier!
What is your mission in life? What is important to you? What gets your blood pumping with excitement? What do you value? These are some of the questions that will get you started. Take some time and contemplate, consider, meditate, brainstorm, whatever process works for you. Once you identify your mission, everything else starts to fall into place.