I believe that each of us is here to make an impact on the world. But what that particular impact is totally is up to you. Do you have a mission for your life? Do you know the mark you want to leave on the world? When you’re younger you may have several missions/life goals in mind. I certainly did. But as you get older, your purpose and life mission becomes clearer and more well-defined and refined, based on your professional and life experiences, and personal interests and passion. I think it’s important to identify your mission because otherwise you can wander aimlessly throughout life without staying focused on your purpose. Over the past few years, I’ve really been working hard to narrow down my focus and have been walking in my purpose since. I’m currently working on something that will get me even closer to achieving what I believe is my life’s mission and will share that on the blog soon. But for now I will share a few ways you can stay centered and get closer to defining and realizing your mission:
- Determine what moves you. We all have a thing or two that drives us. It’s something that gets us up in the morning, or keeps us awake at night because we can’t stop thinking about it. Figure out what that is and then you can, and should pursue it – relentlessly.
- Immerse yourself in whatever moves you. Read books on the subject, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and attend seminars and conferences. Do whatever you can to educate yourself on whatever it is you want to pursue. Familiarize yourself with influencers in your field of interest and follow them.
- Just get started doing what moves you! Sometimes we fall into the analysis paralysis trap (I’m guilty!) and overthink our passion project or whatever it is we want to pursue. If we’ve determined our mission, we often want to feel like everything is just right so we don’t fail at it. Don’t wait for all the stars to perfectly align before you start. Just start and you can smooth things out along the way.
Are you ready to discover and pursue your mission? Here’s a few additional resources on Amazon to help you get started:
–Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose
–Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission, After Your Mission (Live My Gospel) (Volume 1)
–Dare to Dream: Creating a God-Sized Mission Statement for Your Life
–Divine Mission: Discovering Your Hope and Purpose
–Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose: Finding Your Path in Life, Work, and Personal Mission the Edgar Cayce Way, Second Edition 2nd Edition
–Achieving Your Life Mission
–The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life Paperback
By the way, I took these photos in the Mission District in San Francisco, which inspired this post. I traveled there for a self-care trip (more on that coming to the blog soon) and met up with a fantastic photographer, Christine Hanks. I’ve been to SF many, many times before because it truly is my happy place in the United States. But I’d never been to the Mission District before. Christine gave me a fun mini tour of the area and we shot these photos on Balmy Alley – a particularly cool driveway filled with colorful murals and street art on the backs of people’s homes! It’s a blogger’s and photographer’s dream! She also gave me tons of recommendations for things to do and places to eat/drink in the city! If you’re looking for a fun photographer in San Fran, I’d definitely recommend hitting her up! (Check out Christine’s colorful Instagram)
A few more pics I snapped on my iPhone: