Lesson 4 – Write Your Mission Statement

Find Your True Calling In Life

Lesson 4

Write Your Mission Statement


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Theory

 

Remember that your Calling is composed of two elements: 1) your Mission in life and 2) the Expression of that Mission.

In this lesson, you will go through the process of discovering your Mission in life and writing it as a short statement.

All those seemingly unrelated bits of your life story will resolve into clear focus. When completed, you will have discovered your Mission in life!!

 

What Does A Mission Statement Look Like?

Your Mission statement will be:

  • clear, concise, and specific
  • focused but flexible
  • energizing, nourishing, comforting, empowering
  • rooted in joy and peace, not fear (moving towards, not away from)
  • something you connect with emotionally
  • aligned with you at the deepest level
  • grand and inspiring, worth building a life around

 

Your Mission statement is the answer to one of these variants:

  • I believe …
  • I envision a world …
  • To …
  • My cause is …
  • My mission is …

 

Your Mission statement is the operating system that is constantly running in the background of your life.

Your Mission statement will not answer the question “what” you do or “how” you do something, but rather, “why” you do it.

When you know your Mission, then you are not limited to any one type of job or any one activity. You can do anything you want as long as it’s aligned with your Mission.

Your Mission statement is the filter you use to make decisions. If a decision is aligned with your Mission statement then go ahead and do it.


Practice

Main Guidelines:

  1. Start a fresh page. Use the same writing method as in Lesson 3.
  2. Write at the top, “What is my Mission in life?”
  3. Begin with one of these “starter-sentences”, the one that resonates with you the most, you can always change it later:
    • I believe …
    • I envision a world …
    • To …
    • My cause is …
    • My mission is …
  4. But before starting to write, go back and quickly review your answers from Lesson 3, especially those that you highlighted. When you feel the first hint of inspiration, come back and start writing.
  5. Begin with a simple statement that feels about right. Don’t worry if it sounds like a cliché or out of place. It will take you some time before you get into a rhythm so don’t worry about the first few statements.
  6. Write an answer, any answer that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  7. Repeat step 6 until you write the answer that makes you cry.

 

More Guidelines

  • Your Mission statement is not supposed to be a long-winded description. So don’t write more than a few sentences. (It’s also not the place to write about your current activities, business or what you sell…).
  • Clear your head of what you think your Mission is “supposed” to be and just start writing.
  • Write in a positive tone, i.e. not based in negativity.
  • Expect to spend some quality time on this exercise, at least 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  • From time to time, let go of some of the converging answers and allow yourself to head off into new directions for at least 5 iterations. You can always come back to something that resonated with you earlier.
  • After working for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, feel free to leave it alone and return to it a few hours later or the next day.
  • Leaving the exercise for a day will allow your mind to digest what you wrote and be able to progress more quickly when you return to the exercise.
  • After each 5-10 iterations, go back and read what you wrote. When you find a word or sentence that has an emotional connection, highlight it (underline or bold). These will serve as the “corner pieces” of your puzzle, meaning, they are important pieces that you will build around.
  • If writing with a word processor, then you can use numbered bullets to keep track of your iterations.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many iterations can I expect?

It will be different for each person. For some, it may take 20 iterations while for others it may be 500 iterations. It doesn’t really matter.


What can I expect during the process?

As you continue to iterate on your Mission in life, some of your answers will be very similar. You can even copy and paste previous answers in order to modify some of the words. This is fine.

During the process, you will reach a point of resistance. You will want to stop and go do something else because you just can’t seem to break though, this is to be expected. But I urge you to continue because there’s gold just behind that resistance! So just keep writing.


How will I know when I'm done?

You are looking for convergence. When you get far enough in your iterations, each answer will begin to look similar to the previous one.

Continue to work until you are emotionally connected to each word; until what you have written makes you emotionally swell up.

When you find your own Mission statement, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.


 

My Own Experience

I don’t want to bias your experience but I think reading through my own experience may help you in your own process.

When I did this exercise, it took me about 50 iterations before I could see what the full puzzle looked like. Then another 10 iterations to fine-tune it. To be honest, I still fine-tune it every 6 months or so but the changes are smaller.

Today, I’m at iteration #64 and it looks like this:

My mission in life is to make people aware that they can accomplish more, aim higher and reach for excellence. That their Purpose & Mission in life are beautiful things that reflect who they truly are and that it’s worth getting excited about. To inspire them to be courageous, ignore the naysayer, push aside the inner dragons and take action to make their lives better. To celebrate their achievements.

For me, each word and sentence is loaded with meaning.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

Exercise 4.1 – Write Your Mission Statement

Using the guidelines above, start the process of discovering your Mission in life.

 


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3 thoughts on “Lesson 4 – Write Your Mission Statement

  1. Araz, this is a beautifully crafted lesson. You haven’t head from me in a while and probably thought I had dropped off the radar, but actually I have been eagerly awaiting each new lesson and getting really stuck into the activities. I wasn’t sure about the previous lessons but wanted to suspend judgement. It seems I was right to do so. What I discovered about myself in lesson three was somewhat unexpected. I have spent so much time focusing on the ‘how’ I didn’t even know how to approach the ‘why’.

    But after lessons three and four, I feel a clearer picture emerging – something that is truly me and is not bound up in all crap of my career and social expectations, something that can stay with me through all stages in my life. At iteration #53 here’s the closest I have got so far (and I’m shaking just a little):

    “My mission is to model and inspire courageous self-expression so that people might see themselves and others more clearly, and do so with love and kindness. I envisage a world where all people have the opportunity to live with their whole hearts and challenge themselves and one another to continually learn and grow. ”

    I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else in this world, but it’s hitting the mark for me.

    I can’t wait to find out the ‘how’.

    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Janine

    1. Janine, you made my day if not my whole week. Congratulations on finding your Mission in life! I’m so excited for you! I want to hug you!

      I know that you truly found it, not because you posted your Mission statement, but because of this “… I feel a clearer picture emerging – something that is truly me and is not bound up in all crap of my career and social expectations, something that can stay with me through all stages in my life. At iteration #53 here’s the closest I have got so far (and I’m shaking just a little):”

      Thank you for dong the hard work, but more importantly, for trusting the process. You are the first person to reach this milestone and that proves to me that the contents of this course are effective, at least up to Lesson 4. Thank you for that, I greatly appreciate it.

      Araz

      1. Thanks Araz. Glad to hear it’s given you a boost. I’m still getting used to my mission but I think it will start to sink in not too long.

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