When we are not familiar with our own life mission we never quite reach the pinnacle where we feel complete, and if we come close to that highest point, we aren’t aware that we have arrived unless we have striven for it with purpose.
There are several steps that help to identify your life purpose, and I have some easy questions that will get you started in that direction.
Find a private place, free of interruptions, and take out a pen and paper. Answer each of these questions truthfully. Write down the first thoughts that come to your mind, and allow yourself no more than 30-60 seconds for each response. Do not change your answers. Feel free to gear your responses towards relationships, work, hobbies, events, and projects, whatever comes first to your mind.
- What are you doing when you are at your happiest self?
- What are you doing when you forget your problems, when you are so engrossed that you do not notice the minutes and hours passing by?
- What are you doing when your work does not feel like a burden?
- What gives you the most energy (do not answer with coffee, stimulants, or sleep)?
- What accomplishments have you made that became positive markers in your life?
- What do people typically ask you for help with?
- What do you want to learn (class, experience, skill, etc.)?
- If you were given the chance to teach, what topic would you choose?
- Who do you admire, and what are the overall values and qualities that draw you to them?
- The setting — you are in a tranquil and peaceful place, near the end of your full life, describe what your life achievement look like. List them out.Take your time on this one.
Now, notice how you feel. Notice the patterns in your answers. Circle the key action and value words that you have listed (6-10 in total). Mine key words were: encouraging, writing, coaching/teaching, family and friends, beauty (nature), spiritual, fearless business. From this, I see a passion for encouraging others through writing, which is a form of coaching and teaching, through a spiritual base (mine is Christ-centered), and in a fearless manner of business (to help others).
This is the start to writing a mission statement, which will be continued as I teach it in my upcoming class.
I would love to hear what you have discovered today! Commenting is urged and open now…
Share – Encourage – Grow
Mary Humphrey, LBC