There is nothing more fulfilling or powerful, for achieving your goals in life, than waking up each morning filled with a sense of purpose and mission.
If your life isn’t as passionate as you would have liked it to be, if you lack the zest and energy for living, it’s probably because of a lack of an underlying principle around which one’s life should be organized.
The process of discovering this underlying principle or mission may be the most powerful thing you’ll ever do for yourself, because it will give your life a direction, a purpose. It will provide you the clarity and focus, that could awaken the unbelievable forces hidden somewhere deep inside you. Because, once you are clear in what you want, you don’t have to waste time and energy, trying to take even the most minute decisions with anxiety and doubt.
In this chapter, we are going to discuss the concept of life mission, and help you find this underlying principle. We’re going through a step by step procedure, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end of this discussion, you should have a fairly solid tool you could immediately employ in your life, to give it a meaningful direction.
Your mission in life goes much beyond your work or career. Perhaps, you’ll discover that your mission has very little to do with just money making activities, and your job or career is just a support system for attaining your true higher purpose.
There are three steps to the process of discovering your life purpose:
- Understanding the Principle of Choice.
- Creating your Underlying Principle.
- Align your life with the Underlying Principle.
At the completion of this process, you should have a powerful personal philosophy, and a step by step method for defining your life plan in writing.
Understanding the Principle of Choice
Norman Vincent Peale had this to say about the power of choice: "The greatest power we have, is the power of choice. It’s an actual fact, that if you’ve been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made."
Choosing is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.
Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also lead to confusing the subconscious mind about what you want.
But, it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with you true desires, purpose and aptitude. A lot of us let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is "correct," even if that meant that we go against our wishes. This is a dangerous trap, that a lot of us fall into. And, this is probably the most important reason why we struggle to find true purpose and true happiness in life. What’s right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.
So, to begin with, make a list of things which interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, which come effortlessly to you, which make you feel better and fuller, which inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature, do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s life? Whatever it is that interests you, go ahead and list them in the space below:
- Things you love to do What is it that you love in this thing & Why?
- How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Creating your Underlying Principle
The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring theme. Maybe, it’s contribution that keeps coming up, or an effort to seek love, or an effort to give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is, try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your Mission Statement. It may even be a quote from a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement in the space below:
Align your life with the Underlying Principle
The final step in this journey is to map your path to your purpose. Make the little changes in your life-style, that would accommodate this principle in your life. Live this principle each and every day. It might take a few days, but you’ll certainly feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. If you realize that you love being admist nature, plan out a holiday. You don’t have to do anything drastic to satisfy your mission. Maybe, an outing with your children could be enough to recoup your energy. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business, that is more in line with your mission. Remember "Do what you love, and money will follow."