You need to find a mission you can be proud of if you want to succeed in life. You can find your mission through your passion. Your life mission should include doing what you are most passionate about with and for the groups or people you are most attracted to.
In other words, when you are performing your mission, you are exercising your talents you are most excited about to help the people you care most about helping.
I’ve read Laurie Beth Jones’ The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement For Work And For Life. In her chapter, Your Passion is Your Power, she shares a very practical formula for discovering your passion.
Some of us are afraid to name the ‘wrong’ passion. It’s overwhelming to get clear about who we are and what we want to do to help others around us. However, just think that you will be a lot closer to that passion after you finish this exercise than you were before, especially if you have never done exercises like this before.
Here’s an introductory exercise Ms. Jones shares in the opening of her chapter:
1. What most excites you in or about the world?
2. What most angers you in or about the world?
3. If you could teach three things to others about what excites you in the world, what three things would you teach about that subject?
4. If you could convey to others three things about what angers you in the world, what would you convey?
5. How can you use what most excites you to affect or change what most angers you. List at least then ways.
Identify Your Life Mission Through Your Passion
Define The Types of Activities You Most Enjoy
Once you have done this exercise, you can move on to action verbs that most excite you. Ms. Jones has a complete and extensive list of verbs to choose from.
Since I did not want to literally copy the chapter, I did some research on the internet and found this passion verb exercise.
Pick out some words that really excite you. Then, narrow that list down to your last three words: the ones that are most meaningful, purposeful, and exciting to you. These are the values that most appeal to you.
Identify a Life Cause/Principle/Value
What is a cause, principal, or value that you would be willing to defend to the death or devote your life to?
When I read this question, I found it somewhat intimidating. Come to think about it, all the parts of this formula are a little overwhelming. I urge you to take your time to meditate on it and think about it over a couple of weeks or months.
You can also use this extensive list of values to come up with your top 3 values.
Whom Are You Here to Help?
Getting clear about who you really want to serve, be around, inspire, learn from, and impact in a positive way will go a long way in helping you find your personal passion and mission.
Take time to go back through your life and reflect upon the types of people groups, organizations, or causes you most like to work with. Do you enjoy working with children, teenagers, or adults? Do you feel drawn to certain ethnic groups, or to certain causes?
Here are some groups and causes from the Yahoo directory to get you thinking.
Putting It All Together:
This would be the formula for your mission:
My mission is to ______, _______, and ______ (your three verbs from part 1), ______ (your core values), to, for, or with (the groups/causes who most excite you).
Here’s one example: My mission is to create, nurture, and support an environment of growth, challenge, and unlimited potential for all those around me.
Here are a couple of resource finds from around the internet related to this topic. I hope you find them helpful.
Finding Your Passion is a great article from Entrepeneur Magazine.
How To Find Your Passion is a great article from Stepcase Lifehack.
100 Useful Web Tools to Help You Find Your Passion, Calling, or Career (free article from Online College Blog)
Are you ready to find your mission? I hope you found this article helpful. Please share your thoughts!photo credit: Todd Baker