- We have negative connotations about "mission statements" and struggle to distinguish the different between the statement and the core of what it represents. Every word in my six-word mission has double and triple meanings.
- We have years of experience sucking it up and making a living. We are tired at the end of the day and calm ourselves by buying in to the idea that we should just be happy with what we have. At the core we are also a bit lazy (until we fire up with passion).
- We have chatter in our heads about whether or not we are talented or smart enough to have a purpose, and what does it matter anyway. This negative voice gets louder when things get difficult.
- We have to tolerate the abstract nature of the question itself, a tendency to discount our own gifts as being trivial, and the reluctance to follow our gut.
- We get hooked up on reality while we are trying to creatively tap into our talents and gifts.
Mission takes thinking and writing and observing and feeling and intuiting. It calls on us to ask ourselves, What am I doing when I am acting wholeheartedly? What comes easy to me? Who am I here to do it for? I have always been known for asking questions. It's what I do. Who knew it is good for building community and researching, both parts of my mission. Watch your patterns and observe what you're doing when your're "in the flow."
Next: The meaning of life, part two