How to Find Your Life Mission

by Laura Kronen on July 10, 2012

Many people feel overwhelmed when they get a glimpse of what they want to do with their life. The task seems daunting, the road long and hard, accompanied by an uncertain destination. They can’t see the proverbial forest through the trees.

The road to success in obtaining one’s goals is a stressful one that is often not enjoyed until one reaches their goal. Then what? The success is fleeting and then they are forced to distract themselves with materialistic or ego like desires like buying things that they don’t need, or taking on another goal and becoming miserable in that pursuit.

Setting goals can be scary because the task at hand seems tremendous. Most of the time this prevents people from even starting. While others push through this fear they are still faced with obstacles to overcome. Newsflash for everyone:  Life isn’t meant to be struggle. One’s mission is not a goal to obtain. For a goal has an end, while a mission never dies. If your mission is to be an example of unconditional love, you will continue this mission forever. But if you strive to create a successful company you will eventually reach your goal and your job is done. This leaves you with an empty or unfulfilled feeling, along with the question ‘Now what?’ Once a person knows their mission they can begin right away without hesitation or the fear of reaching a goal.

Choose a mission or purpose that gives and improves life instead of one that drains and takes from existence. Existence always rewards those whose mission is that which will add great value to others lives and humanity as a whole. The typical ‘problem’ people are faced with which deters most from pursuing their mission is money. Without food, shelter, and basics needs, you can’t follow your mission.

The way to find what your mission is to find out what you were born to do, and find out what your unique qualities are. Everyone has a different set of unique qualities that they posses but sadly most will never know what they are.  If I were to ask most people what is wrong with them they would quickly and easily be able to give a rundown of all of their faults but many times I ask clients what their unique gifts are, and there is silence on the other end of the phone.

Try asking yourself the following questions:

  • What do I like to do?
  • What are my unique gifts?
  • What are my passions?
  • What mark do I want to leave on the world?
  • How do I want to be remembered after I’m gone?

Put money aside when you are thinking about your mission because money isn’t a factor. ‘Do what you love and the money will follow’ should be held in mind as you search for your mission. Remember, existence always rewards those who contribute to the world. Make your mission about something that will be for the greater good of society. Make it something that is even greater than yourself. When you are gone, do you want your only contribution to be that you made tons of money for yourself? Or do you want to make a lasting mark on the planet?

If you don’t know your mission right now, make your mission about finding it. It might come easily to you or it might take some time to find out what you want to do with your life.Once you have your unique qualities and what you are passionate about, you can now create a mission statement. Write it down. Writing your mission statement down makes it concrete and a reality for you instead of just an idea. Now, whenever you feel lost and unsure of what to do, take a look at your mission statement and you will realize what to do to in order to return to your path.

Note that you will go back to your mission statement from time to time to update and make changes to it. Be ok with the fact that it won’t be a 100% perfect at first. Life changes, and so might your  mission. Now, start living it.

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