Clement Stone once said "When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand.
It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
" Have you discovered your mission? Do you feel pulled to participate in your life full-out and freely? Many of you have heard me say how much fun I am having as a coach and how much I'm learning and growing by participating fully in my life.
This did not happen overnight, nor has it happened without some effort on my part.
After I was released from my second job in 18 months, I took the time to really look at what I enjoyed about my years of work, and what I did not.
By the way, for those of you that don't know, I was a casualty of two significant reduction-in-force (RIF) initiatives by my employers over an 18 month time span.
One RIF after 29+ years, and the second after 18 months.
I spent weeks deliberating over my next move, trying to answer the following questions:
- What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
- Do I have what it takes to start my own business?
- Should I just retire and play for the next 30 years?
- What gives meaning to my life?
- If I work, how hard do I work?
- Hmmmm, wonder if work can feel like play.
- and, on and on
I had dealt with this when I was RIF'd the first time, having identified with my job so completely that when I no longer had my job, I didn't really know who I was or what value I offered to the world.
This reappeared for a short time after the second time I was RIF'd, but not as painfully.
I had done enough work over the 18 month period to recognize that I was NOT my job, nor was it me.
Work on getting rid of the situations or feelings that drain your energy.
What do you love to do more than anything else? What are you really good at? What I discovered during this time of self-reflection and exploration was that I loved working with people.
I am passionate about supporting them as they develop and manifest their own dreams, encouraging them to recognize and grow their own strengths and abilities, and experience their own success.
Take the time to reflect on what has interested you in your life or what you are really good at.
Look for the patterns.
I found my mission through this process.
I believe strongly in the connectedness of the universe; some call it the collective unconscious.
When you can see the connections among your talents, actions, mission and successes, when you believe in what you are doing and feel like you are part of something bigger, your commitment to achievement is enhanced.
I love my work and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to grow and expand my life.
Will your next challenge be the biggest opportunity of your life? Will you discover your mission?