If a lack of clarity prevents you from taking action, then find or develop a process to gain sufficient clarity to enable you to take action. Stop acting like this is an unsolvable problem. It isn’t.
One of the things you can do to help begins by writing a mission statement that encapsulates the core purpose of your life.
Your mission statement is your proposed contract with life. It basically answers two questions:
1. What do you want to contribute? / What do you see as valuable to contribute to
2. What do you want to receive? / What do you want to receive in return
A personal mission statement might include any topic or number of topics that are important to you.
Part of my contract with life is that if I am to pursue a grand purpose, I expect that life will back me up. I don’t expect it to make things easy for me, but I expect it to cooperate in helping me learn the important lessons and not waste my time with trivial and unnecessary blocks. Once I learn and integrate a key lesson, I expect to be able to progress and move on.
For instance, after I learned how to contribute value to others in ways I found fulfilling and got past the stupidity of scarcity thinking, I expected life to support me with the proper tools to do the job well. So I shamelessly buy the best tools of the trade that I can, and I appreciate those tools as I use them. I don’t skimp.
I find that when I act in alignment with my mission, life does indeed back me up. I experience the abundance I desire – to feel supported.
Of course the entire proposal exists in my own mind, so if I believe that life and I have come to a certain arrangement, then of course we have. Life is just an imaginary concept. What I’m really doing is negotiating a deal within myself, one that gives me enough clarity to act with conviction.
If you develop a mission statement that’s overly self-sacrificing and burdensome, you’ll procrastinate on implementing it and will often get stuck because you won’t feel very supported by life. You may even feel beaten down. On the other hand, if your mission is all about me-me-me, no one is going to care whether you succeed or not, and deep down you’re going to know that your mission is irrelevant to everyone else. You’ll sabotage yourself from working on it because there’s no greater need to fulfill it.
My personal mission is:
•to explore, understand, and integrate life’s intelligent order
•to challenge the status quo, to take intelligent risks, and to experiment
•to insightfully clarify, elegantly codify, and ambitiously advance this order
•to inspire others with authority, audacity, playfulness, and love
•to progressively embrace the highest standards of excellence and mastery
•to balance inspired innovation, co-creative teamwork, and disciplined execution
•to abundantly enjoy life’s finest rewards
•and to prepare myself for other phases of existence
An intelligent mission statement properly balances what you desire to contribute to life and what you desire to receive from life. Nature operates on similar principles. A species that is too giving dies off. A species that is too greedy dies off. A balanced approach is more optimal.
Some other questions you can ask to help clarify your mission include
1.What’s the most important thing I could do with my life?
2.What kind of person do I desire to become?
3.What kind of support would I like to receive from life?
4.How do I want to live?
5.What do I care about?
6.What’s the point of my being here?
7.What would I like to experience before I pass on?
8.What stimulates me mentally? emotionally? spiritually?
9.What do I want to leave behind as my legacy?
10.What do I believe is the real point of life?
Your mission statement should make you smile when you read it. It should stir something powerful within you. You should look at it and be able to say, “Yup, that’s me alright!”
And your mission statement will probably evolve over time — that’s to be expected as you learn and grow. If you take the time to carefully and intelligently write one and do the best job you can, it will pay huge dividends in clarity.
With a clear mission (statement of purpose), you can derive specific goals. Your mission is your general direction in life. Your goals are the milestones on your path.
Original article by Steve Pavlina – Steve carries out research into personal development. Steve is a reformed petty thief who turned things around in the 90s. He became interested in personal development and became involved in programmes in New York. He now carries out research into personal development. He is vice president and president of several committees including the non-profit software professionals association and the gamers developers association and conference.