Living Your Purpose and Mission - A Three Step Plan
Are you living your purpose? Do you know your mission?"What am I here for? What is my purpose, in this lifetime?" You may beasking yourself these questions. More and more people are these days.There have been hundreds of books written on this important anddebatable subject.Suppose I told you that your purpose on this planet was to serve other people? What does that mean to you? How does that make you feel?Does it bring up more questions in your mind? Does it make younervous? Or does it make you feel important?I believe our purpose on this planet is to do the things that make ushappy. If you doubt the validity of this concept, consider the following:Have you ever been to a restaurant where your waiter or waitress was nothappy working there? You can tell immediately and it affects your experience for the whole meal.The same goes for your personal life with your spouse, kids or significantother, co-workers, etc. Did you ever feel completely stressed out(because you weren't making choices that reflected your values) and yellat your kids? Did that make you happy? Or them? Probably not.If your purpose is to do the things that make you happy, then your missionis how you do it. How you execute your mission is influenced by your personality, your gifts, and your beliefs. Many believe that serving othersis the road to happiness. Doing something that contributes to making theworld a better place can give people a strong sense of purpose, and oftendictates their mission.Follow these steps to learn your purpose and follow your mission -Step 1 - Decide to Live Your PurposeLook into your heart. What is the thing that makes you happiest? Can youconceive of a life purpose which is designed around that?My purpose in life is to be happy. In order to be happy, I must livecongruently with my values and goals and make good choices that honor my personal values. When I honor my values, I am happy and living inintegrity, which fulfills my purpose and mission. It will do the same for you.Step 2 - Decide to Live Your Purpose and MissionHave you thought about it and come to a conclusion about your purposein life yet? And was your mission revealed as a result? If you think about itfor a while, it will be. The secret of happiness is to live your purpose andthe mission you've adopted.I made my mission in life to serve others. In order to serve others, I mustdiscover and gain knowledge in the areas that interest me. Areas in whichI may be able to pass on knowledge to others with the same interests, butwho have less of the knowledge for which I've strived. By learning anddoing things in which I have interest, I am fulfilling my purpose and canbest serve others.Step 3 - Develop Your GiftsWhat are your unique gifts? Ask yourself. Don't be modest.You are a special and unique human being, and you bring something tothis place that no one else can bring. Your job is to discover those thingsthat are uniquely your gifts. For some people, their gift is obvious.Children who choose early in life to play an instrument, dance, draw or develop some other gift or skill may cultivate that throughout their entireadult life. They seem to instinctively know their purpose and have clarityof mission.Many of us are not inherently born with the focus or the ability to pinpointexactly what makes us special. Or perhaps we've been taught that to seeourselves as special is tantamount to bragging, and unacceptable, sowe've trained ourselves not to recognize what makes us unique. Welearned to reject the very things that would have brought us the mostpride, and possibly a life direction.Those who have not accepted or recognized their gifts may fight todevelop some skill that they think will bring them better results, either personally, professionally or financially. The truth is that when youdiscover your values, really know yourself and develop the gifts that arecongruent with your values, you can find greater peace and energy inbeing happy. And, if you choose to serve others, you'll discover a constantinflow and outflow of energy - energy that you both give and receive fromthose you serve. That will create greater harmony and happiness in your life than you could possibly have achieved through any other method.