What Is Your Mission in Life?
What beliefs, values, and commitments support your mission in life? For what do you want to be remembered and what impact do you want to have upon the world?
Do you want to impact people close to you, or do you have a bigger mission, like building a company, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity (like a friend of mine who’s going to Guatemala for his 50th to help them build toilets!), or creating a movement?
The word itself, “mission” (should you chose to accept it…) sounds daunting, ominous, and somehow huge. In fact, the dictionary definition of the word is quite broad. When it comes to your personal mission, the word is defined as,
An important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation.
How is “purpose” different from mission?
I think many people may use these words interchangeably. I hear a lot of people say or write, “My purpose in life is…”
The definition of “purpose” is much smaller semantically than “mission”. For our purposes (did you see what I did there?) in this article, let’s use,
An intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
An intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
So I might say that, “My purpose in writing this article today is to tell you about my mission in life.”
In other words, I have the intention or the goal to help you understand my mission by writing this article.
A purpose is something you do, whereas a mission extends outside of yourself to help and serve others.
Your mission in life might be to support and provide for your family. That’s a lot of work and it definitely requires determination, love, and giving of yourself to achieve that greater goal.
So What’s My Mission?
A few weeks ago I woke up and something felt off. I didn’t know what it was on a conscious level. Even though I had slept well the night before, it took me a long time to fall asleep. Something was on my mind and it felt like I was processing whatever that was during sleep.
Whenever I feel like that I know I should journal to help me gain clarity. I made notes about my previous day and the “ominous” feeling. Next, to feel better in the moment, I wrote down what I am grateful for, and where I see abundance in life.
Journal Entry: December 15, 2016
Gratitude & Abundance
This is definitely a day where using my own medicine of practising gratitude is so important, because I really don’t want to in this moment.
I have to say how grateful I am for the experience of coaching my client, David (name changed to protect the innocent). It’s exciting and I’m learning so much. I also recognize how much I learn about myself when I coach deeply and help others strategically work towards improving their situation in life or solving their own problems.
This alone is a fantastic gift of awareness. I can take this self-awareness and turn it into something larger to help even more people.
Some of my learnings and awareness are reinforced by, and brought forth through, reading my client’s manuscript. Not that I can explain some of his theories, but many of the things he is saying resonate deeply with me. Things like reconciliation, communication, truth, understanding how our perceptions form reality, and how much free will we actually have in any given situation.
What do I want to attract into my life?
2017 is my year of abundance and prosperity on all levels. The rewards come to those who do the work and consistently practice what they have learned to serve others.
I also know that I have unlimited potential that allows me to create an abundant and prosperous future. This happens by being on the path of action, which is simply putting one step in front of the other, as well as being present with every single successive step – to be conscious of my choices.
What’s most important for me to accomplish today?
Peace of mind and tranquility: I don’t feel like I can push myself today. I may just have to be open to the awareness of whatever feels off inside of me at this moment. Wait… I think I know what it is…
When I said it I felt something speak within me that was something like this:
You keep talking about these ideas, Darren. You write or dictate them into your journal.
Your intense self-awareness leads to discoveries, not just about yourself, but about the universal human condition.
You are a gift in this world. Your willingness to go as deep as required to be completely transparent and vulnerable is the gift you can give to the world.
When you are deepest in the expression of this message of transparency you will resonate with others. You will have the possibility of, not so much of creating a movement, but of moving people.
Of moving people along the path of moral and ethical transformation.
Of moving people toward a better future, one that is not built upon cultural animosity, fear, or excessive corporate greed at the expense of human life and the organic being that is our planet earth.
A better future that is not built upon surrendering your life, your health, your relationships, or your well-being to the corporation and capitalist greed.
Your message will help people to go inward and recognize that their free will has been compromised by a select few people who have transgressed the essence of that which we call humanity.
You can be the leader that people are looking for without leading them directly.
Do not lead. Simply be and do the things that make you who you are and allow you to live the fullest expression of you and your life.
These physical and linguistic movements may act as inspiration for others, not to mirror, but to reflect through their own lens of perception, to make their own, what is already theirs to have.
All is within all. But we have lost sight of this through the excessive use and dependence upon technologies that displace our awareness of being.
When Intuition Speaks, You Need to Listen
I remember when this happened. I was a bit shaken. Many years ago I felt like something had spoken through me. I don’t believe in a higher power, but I do believe we know our own truth, even if it’s hidden deep within. This is why mediation and mindfulness are so important. They are the window into knowing yourself fully, knowing who you really are, and what’s most important to you. Without that deep knowing and self-awareness you will never connect with your mission.
With enough practice, moments like this can happen spontaneously. These moments are a connection to my “higher self,” which I can only access when my mind is clear, calm, and when I am more fully present on a regular basis. When I’m fully present I am conscious of my emotions and more able to pause and observe to whatever happens in my life, instead of unconsciously reacting.
My mission in a few words
That’s a good place for me to start, and a good place for me to end this article. My mission might not be as eloquent as I’d like (the writer in me wants it to be gorgeous!), but the essence, and the truth of what drives me is there.
What’s your mission in life?