What is it that drives a Super Hero to wake day after day and embrace a life of service, despite the isolation, fleeting praise, and imminent threats that could one day
destroy that very life, and perhaps even the planet as a whole?
What is it that guides a company, aligns hearts and minds of a team and drives the production and delivery of powerful products and services to those in need or want?
Simple. It is MISSION.
Mission is our purpose, our calling, that which ignites us, fuels us, and when lived out, ensures we matter to and in this world.
When considered, understood and embraced to the full with action and perseverance, there is little that cannot be achieved by the spirit who has clear and present mission in mind.
The Phone Booth Project seeks out and praises those living mission in their own profound, simple, glorious, consistent, passionate ways. We are in awe of how they conduct their lives, their works, and deem them Members of the League of Xtraordinary Game-Changers to honor their magnificence.
But how did they get there? I do not believe a one of them ‘fell’ into their heroic role in this world. I do not believe for one second that their days simply unfold haphazardly.
I would bet my life that they have spent countless minutes, months, years, considering their purpose on this planet and at each step along their journey have weighed each experience, skill, calling and pieced together how it all fits for THIS…their Mission.
In the movie Rango, this fake-it-til-you-make-it hero pretends to be more than he is. Although he inspires the masses, his identity of ‘normal’ is discovered and he flees, only to serendipitously encounter The Spirit of the West (good ole Clint Eastwood). Rango asks him want he’s ‘doing out there’.
“Searchin’, same as you.”
“I’m a fraud. My friends need some kinda hero.”
“Then be a hero.”
…”I can’t go back.”
“Don’t know that ya gotta choice son. No man can walk out on his own story.”
Your story is your mission. Whether you’ve identified it or not, it is calling to you. If you haven’t written it down on paper for yourself, then you are probably juggling a few versions of your mission in your mind and this alone can muddy the waters of focused, successful effort.
I’ve spent a career helping companies hone in on their mission, but my life mission came into play when I decided I couldn’t and wouldn’t help a company define their professional mission, and build campaigns based on that mission, before each of the leaders came to terms with their personal life mission.
We must be intimately aware of and engaged in our own story if we ever hope to authentically empower others to come to terms with theirs.
Now is YOUR time, to define or redefine, or tighten up or revamp altogether, your mission so that you wake each morning able to do what you must do to don that cape and keep on flying forth for the good of your awaiting citizens and souls. This knowing of your truth, your passion, your purpose here will see you thru as the bombs of criticism, doubt and indecision invade, as they will. This knowing, this mission, will enable and empower you to use the universe as your ally as you manifest the deepest desires of your soul.
And now, your MISSION, should you choose to accept it is…
Determine and clearly Define YOUR Mission in this life.
A few questions to trigger your innately heroic voice within so you can hone in or take your current mission to a deeper, higher level.
1. What are your top 10 values in this life?
2. Are you spending your time and energy focused on these values?
3. How can you better spend your time and energy to ensure you are aligning your ACTIONS with your VALUES?
4. What is your purpose here on this planet? (Don’t make this a huge complicated process, just answer, from your innate, authentic self…GO)
5. NOW…Write your Mission Statement (The theme of YOUR Story) – No longer than 3 sentences. Should stretch you, but not snap you. Be visionary, but realistic. Write in the NOW, as if it already is (because it IS. The moment you write this, the universe is conspiring to make it so)! 🙂
This post would not be complete if I did not acknowledge the evolved and awe-inspiring advancements in Mission of two of our Xtraordinary Game-Changer League Members…
Laura Simonson is an entrepreneur, wellness & exceptional-living Doggess Xtraordinaire. Her mission with her biz evolution to Indogo “is set to enchant thousands of savvy, conscious-living food consumers who are seeking healthier, kinder choices for themselves…and their cherished dogs.” With Laura and Indogo there is opportunity to engage, expand and invest for a more Heroic future for us all. Check it at Indogo.
Lee Horbachewski is advocate for those dealing with mental illness, author of a Quiet Strong Voice, inspiring coach and founder of the recent campaign to raise funds and awareness to shift mental ‘i’llness to mental ‘we‘llness at Going Blue 4 You. Although this particular successful campaign fundraising has come to a close, visit Going Blue 4 You for inspiration, information on the next opportunity for you to engage in. Also, Lee’s site SimpLee Serene is one to empower and delight. And if you haven’t read her book, A Quiet Strong Voice you have yet to experience a story that reveals how Mission is truly considered and embraced.:)
Thank you to those who forge the way for our planet to evolve in thought and action and inspire us all to continually reinvent how we will tackle the great and glorious missions of our lives to contribute, and matter through the manifestations of our deep collective desires.
Until the winds blow us together in common direction…