There are few things in life which match the long-term, deep-seated satisfaction of having a clear direction for your life. This is not about controlling circumstances or foreseeing problems. Rather, the image is that of a compass; providing direction.
A personal mission statement is the compass for your life.
Let’s make sure we’re on the same page here. A compass does not read terrain height or depth. A compass does not detail weather patterns. A compass does not provide specific corroboration when confronted with dangerous predators. It’s only function is to provide direction relative to the earth’s magnetic poles.
Okay, let’s make the leap. A personal mission does not tell you where to live or which organization for which to work. A personal mission does not tell you how to make financial investments or how much energy to donate to worthy causes. A personal mission does not foresee relational difficulties or health issues. What a personal mission DOES is give you a clear direction as you navigate all the issues of life: it aligns you to your purpose and keeps you focused on your values.
A personal mission is like a personal constitution: the basis for making decisions. “Successful people are fanatical about framing what they say in terms of goals and values. Their answers to most questions end with a segue both to the goal and mission with which they are practically engaged.” (Success Built to Last)
Stephen Covey strongly suggests that having a personal mission statement is crucial. (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) He went so far as to say that crafting a personal mission is “connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction of fulfilling it.”
Mission comes from the Latin mittere: “a continuing task or responsibility that one is destined or fitted to do or especially called upon to undertake.” That begs the question, “What are you going to do with your one-and-only life?” Do you have a clear direction of your purpose and calling, especially in the midst of the circumstances and emotions of daily life?
As you can tell, I am passionate about having a personal mission statement. I refer to mine daily. And I get just as excited about partnering with others in helping to discover their personal mission. It’s the key if you want to TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.
MissionBuilder is a freeing experience. Too much time in our lives is often wasted by solely focusing on our weaknesses, which can be quite debilitating. Mark’s program teaches us how to identify our strengths and how to find purpose for our lives based on those strengths. MissionBuilder brought greater clarity to my life, my career, and my relationships. It left me with a concrete plan of action and a stronger sense of confidence. It was also a special privilege to spend time with Mark – a man who has found his purpose in life and whose joy in living from his God-given talents is contagious. I have and will continue to recommend Mark Freier to other friends, no matter where they are in life.
Ryan D. Bohannon- Associate Attorney at Keller Thoma, P.C.
Contact me today and we can get the process started!