Every institution that I have worked for or volunteered with has had a mission and vision statement. It is often read before important meetings to remind us what we are doing and why we are doing it. Having an agreed upon mission also helps to set institutional priorities including staffing, resource funding and setting a pathway for the future. If it doesn’t fulfill the mission, it doesn’t get funded or pursued.
I’ve come to realize that setting a personal mission is important, too. We may call it “our purpose”, but after a period of discernment, we should have a clear understanding of why we are here and what we are called to do.
Too often we chase after the “latest and greatest” whether it be a trendy restaurant at which to be seen or a new electronic gadget that is marketed to “make our life easier”.
But a life filled with purpose is truly an easy life.
With the help of friends, I’m evaluating my “mission and purpose” as I plan in a few years to retire from my current healthcare role. That process of determining my “mission” will drive my decision-making about where to spend my time and my money.
Have you evaluated your personal “mission statement”? Don’t be distracted by shiny opportunities which distract you from what you are called to do.