What’s your mission?

Posted January 23, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves
Every business in the world, for profit or non profit, has a mission statement. What does that business, beyond all else, aspire to do. For some, it’s a product, for others, a service. Some businesses spend years developing their mission statements, and spend thousands and thousands of dollars on consultants and outside service providers to help them do it. My question to you is this: do you have a mission statement in your life?

This weekend, I spent two days struggling through an incredibly intense yoga workshop. I use the word struggle intentionally. I’m new to yoga, and dove in head first. So the practices were difficult for me. But the thoughts and discussions we shared were also challenging. I had to ask myself difficult questions and be ready to accept what could sometimes be difficult answers. I had to get in touch with my mission and accept what I needed to do to fulfill it.

You see, I know my mission. I’ve always known it. But it’s only been in the past few weeks and months that I’ve begun to see a deep need for fulfilling that mission in my life. And a quote my yoga teacher shared this morning settled deeply in my soul. I wanted to share it with all of you, as a reminder that discovering your personal mission is not always easy – it is sometimes the hardest thing you’ll ever find, and often even more difficult to truly pursue. Individuals, unlike businesses, can’t hire a consultant to refine your mission. But you can get to work…today. I hope you’ll take this quote with you in fulfilling your mission, just as I have.

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”
-W. Clement Stone”

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."