When a company is being built there are a lot of things to be considered. Who your market is going to be, where you want to specialize, how you earn a profit, as well as what your main purpose or goal is. A purpose, or mission statement is a crucial part to a business’s vision. It defines who they are and where they’re going. It gives them a sense of why they do what they do. The ability to look at themselves as a whole and say, “We want to create something in this world.” The missions will look differently with each and every company varying from helping people in a small community with little profit in mind, to building an untouchable exclusive brand that becomes the want of every billionaire in the world. But the thing that they all have in common is vision. They see the future that they want, and see what they want to represent, and despite how successful or unsuccessful they are they will stand by this representation of themselves.
A formal summary defining what an organization is, why it exists, its reason for being.
I’ve started thinking; if this is a crucial step to the success and vision for every business, big or small, then why is it not a crucial step the the success and vision in my own personal life? If I have something that I am wanting to accomplish, something I am passionate about, or am living a life based on prominent values, then it seems necessary that I define those things in order to see a vision for myself. Why would I not map this out?
In my post Think I touch on the idea of finding your purpose. I have chosen to live my life with intention, making each moment count. Having a purpose filled life has quickly become the only option for the way I want to live. I want to choose each moment as it comes by, having purpose and intent in everything I do. Embracing my days and my world and making it count for something, even if I’m the only one that it counted for. But that’s MY life. It may look different for everyone. All I know is that I want to be aware of what that is. So I chose to be intentional about discovering and defining my personal mission statement. Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I stand for?
This has certainly been a multi-step process. Initially I sat down and started thinking about all of the things I want for my life: a family, children, being such a success in my career that I can have freedom in my time and finances. Then it hit me. And hard. I have been living my life feeling like I wasn’t a success without these things, as if my life weren’t complete. But what does that speak over my life? Failure. Over and over again I am failing, and failing, and convincing myself that unless I am a wife and mother with a blossoming career then this is not a life worth living. I had been defining myself and my value as a person based on outside entities that I have little to no control over. I can’t force my dream man to fall into my lap, and convince him to sweep me away into a magical fairy land. Having kids is something that only God really has a choice over. Women all over the world are battling, knowing that this may never be an option for them. And my career is something that I can strive for and work towards but what if I don’t ever get there? So here I sit as a failure in my own life, simply because I am not God. This is where it really stuck… I’m a failure because I’m not God. Seriously? THAT’S my answer? That’s the thing I have to live the rest of my life knowing? It became time to reevaluate. As a major advocate for self-love and being confident in who you are in every season of your life, it seems impossible to think that I haven’t been living with quite that same mindset. So I began my search. I know that not everyone has taken on this mentality in themselves, but personally I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I am happy with who I am. I recognize that I have talents, and friends, and an incredible family. Acknowledging that I live a life that is worthy of being happy in is something that doesn’t just slip my mind. I have worked very hard to be in this place. So how can I sit and say that I am a failure? I knew there was more. I knew that outside of those few things, I still have hope as a person, it was just going to take figuring out what that looks like.
So the search began again. Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I stand for?
Something had become very clear to me; My personal goals and visions need not be defined by outside elements. I cannot view my success based on the influence of what exists around me. My success must lie in who I am and what I can create no matter what is going on in my life. I must be able to feel valued regardless of what the world throws at me. Life will never be exactly what you plan for, so how do you find purpose and joy despite what surprises you encounter? With the help of many outside resources (that I can’t even cite because they are too abundant and blended) I began finding avenues of defining where my true value and purpose lie. It hasn’t been easy or quick, and its certainly been painful to weed through all of my good and bad traits, passions, goals, and desires, but the end result is something that has made me smile. It has made me feel alive, and worthy. And that has made all the pain, and confrontation of personal issues worth it.
I know that this process was hard for me, because I didn’t really know where to start. I knew it must be done in order to feel passionate about my life again, but that’s all I had to go off of. So I am going to do something that isn’t the easiest thing to do. Be vulnerable. I think that this, writing your own personal mission statement, can change your life. It has mine. I’m not perfect at living it, and I forget to be aware sometimes, but it’s given me a purpose in a life that I was “failing” at. I’ve learned where the truth is in who I am. So let me expose my soul to you a bit, in hopes that it will give you a path to follow, and encourage you to make a major step in defining your life.
If this is a journey you would like to take with me, then I would love to know! Leave me a comment, so I can see who’s with me. Let me know what your life looks like, or where your failures are. Lets be vulnerable together and see how we can grow as a community. Click here to check out my next post as I will begin walking you through the process I have taken in order to write my own personal mission statement, and I cannot wait to hear how it will be applied in your own world.
“To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.”
― Robert M. Pirsig