mission: possiblePosted: October 27, 2011
If you’ve been reading this blog on a regular basis, you know by now that I love finding things I’ve written down in the past–like goals, wishes, and secret desires. It’s a way of reminding me to respect the journey that I’m on, that all things happen in due time.
Even though I’ve made some exciting life decisions in the past 3 months, like leaving my job and going back to school, it’s all still a little bit scary. Sometimes I feel like I’m flailing with no grounding whatsoever. Or, even worse, consumed by paralysis. I recently came across a “personal mission statement” or vision statement I had created for myself about a year and a half ago. It helped me get some much-needed perspective.
As I was reading it, a question popped into my head and I knew that by answering it, I would be one step closer to feeling grounded and excited about what the future holds:
In the end, what is most important?
My answer was immediate: I want to inspire and bring joy to people, and, somehow, make their lives better and easier.
I knew I was making progress about getting closer (and clearer) to what I want by being able to answer this question without hesitation. And, surprisingly, I knew it was a step in the right direction when I was able to answer it in a very general sense. I didn’t feel the need to get bogged down in what specific job or career I wanted.
There is a lot of information out there about creating a vision statement for your life, but I find this one (which takes its lead from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) to be the easiest and most fun:
It takes you through a series of questions and then creates a mission statement based on your answers. Your vision of your life is constantly changing as you grow, learn new things, make mistakes, etc. But the key is to keep moving forward and keep what is most important in the forefront of your mind, always serving your true values.