When you connect with your mission it’s powerful. Knowing what’s important to you and how you want to show up in the world makes it easier to speak out, stay true to your bigger purpose and overcome the obstacles and knock-backs that come up.
- you can use it to guide you in making decisions
- you can check where you are spending your time against it to make sure you’re following what’s important to you
- you can find collaborators to work with to make it happen
- you can turn it into a project of its own
- and you can put it to one side and forget about it… and notice that you unconsciously end up guided towards things that bring it into being.
It’s easy to get held back by the idea of a perfect mission statement. It sounds like something formal and impressive, but it doesn’t need to be. It can be anything from some rough notes to a framed and pretty statement or picture.
What’s most important about it is that when you see it, it gives you a nudge and reminds you of what’s important to you and your chosen mission in this world.
However you decide to bring it together here are 5 steps that will help you that you can use to connect with your mission:
Step 1 - What Difference Do You Want to See?
A great place to start to connect with your mission is by considering your answers to these three questions:
- How would like the world to be different?
- What could you do to contribute towards that difference?
- What impact could you have on the world?
Notice what comes up when you answer these questions and give yourself permission to explore the answers. It doesn’t matter if someone else is already doing it or you’re not yet “qualified” enough. Focus on connecting with the things that are important to you where you want to see a change.
When you connect with your mission it needs to come from all of you, and feel bigger than you. It should go beyond you and take your energy out into the world, having an influence on others lives.
Step 2 - What Do You Bring?
What inspires you? What do you love to do? What’s the thing that makes your heart sing?
It’s so important that your mission is something you feel passionate about and that you love. Write a list of all the things that you enjoy doing and then think about how they could contribute towards making the world a better place.
Step 3 - What Do You Stand For And Against?
When you connect with the things that you really believe in, this gives you more of a clue on where you want to make a difference.
Sometimes it’s easier to think about what we stand against in order to figure out what we stand for. For example, think about what annoys and frustrates you.
Step 4 - Who Do you Want to Help?
Who we work with can make such a big difference in our lives – the people around us can be our inspiration, and they can also demotivate us too. When the people we work with linked to our mission it’s much easier to take inspiration and find a way to keep on showing up.
Ask yourself – who do you want to help?
- A great place to start is to think of any examples of specific people you love to work with and to notice what it is about them that you like. It might be certain characteristics or the approach they have. It might be their interests.
- You might also like to think about groups of people that you’re involved with. Who are you drawn towards? What is it you like about them?
- You could also consider people that are drawn towards you. This can also give you useful information about what people might get from you.
Step 5 - Turn It Into A Mission Statement
- You might want to start with “My mission is…” or “I help…” or “I want to make the world a better place by…”. Or you can just play around with things until they start to make sense to you.
- You might want to try to answer the question in each step above to give some structure. But you might just want to write and let it flow.
The first step is often the hardest to take.
This blog post is an introduction to ways you can connect with your mission.
If you’d like additional support and further information about how to connect more deeply and how to make the most out of it, this is something we regularly explore in free my Authentic Tech Leaders Facebook group, through weekly themes, masterclasses and inspirational stories.
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