Sep 28, 2021 in Life Coaching

Mission: Impossible (Or Is It?)

Do you have a mission for your life? Should you have a mission for your life?

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Years ago there was a television show called “Mission: Impossible”, which involved an elite team of professionals who perform highly sophisticated, top-secret operations that were, of course, impossible to achieve. It was later popularized in movies starring Tom Cruise. 

The team met in a secret, undisclosed location to listen to a recording of their next mission, which described the villains they had to “remove.” The recording would start with “Your mission, should you choose to accept it..” and they always did. There would be no show if they didn't.  But they always had a choice. 

Do you have a mission for your life? Should you have a mission for your life? What is a mission? Have you accepted your mission? Are you working on your mission? What if it’s wrong? These are questions that I frequently address with my clients.

Let’s start with what is a mission. A mission is something deep inside you that you have to do no matter what. Our lives are mission-driven. We are designed to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  We all want to fit in, belong, feel needed, and be celebrated.

A mission is like a giant puzzle that is so big you can't possibly see the corners or how all the pieces fit, and you have puzzle pieces yourself to contribute to help complete the puzzle. The challenge then, is how do you fit in? What are you supposed to do? What if it’s the wrong thing? 

First of all, your mission is yours, and yours alone. No one else has the gifts, skills and talents you have to complete the mission. You can decide to contribute to the mission or not; the decision is completely yours. If you decide not, to continue using the puzzle metaphor,  the puzzle never gets completed and the pieces do not get passed on to heirs to complete. No one else has what you have, nor can they contribute what you can. When you deny your mission, life becomes filled with substitutes and replacements of what you think is important but ultimately leaves you drained and empty. 

When you know, understand and execute your mission, you begin to fit in. You recognize what your purpose is.  You will know instinctively what to do because when you begin to live out your mission, you begin to gravitate toward people who understand and can help you, and toward those who need what you have to offer. The bigger question is how do you live out your mission? This takes time and effort to achieve. It takes self-assessment, understanding what your skills and talents are, and packaging them in a way that fulfills your life and contributes to the mission. 

Sometimes our missions get thwarted due to personal events outside of our control because life gets in the way; unplanned child, divorce, terminal sickness. These kinds of “life events” make it difficult to move forward and achieve your mission. They can, however, contribute to the mission in the form of knowledge, which especially from experience, teaches more to others than what someone can possibly learn in a book. 

In other cases, our missions get thwarted due to the “F” word--not that “F” word; the word Failure. This happens when something doesn’t go right, or as planned. The problem with failure is that there is no such thing in life, except for heart failure. And that’s death. Once you are dead, there is no opportunity to try again. Until then, if you try something and it doesn’t go right, try again. Finding out what we are not good at can be more helpful than discovering what we are good at. If we become consumed with our “failures”, however,  we miss out on the opportunities that are available right in front of us that we can excel at. Simply put, if you can’t do it, it’s not your mission. 

Knowing and understanding what your mission is and how you fit into it helps you get out of bed in the morning. Your mission gives you purpose. Your mission gives you energy. Your mission completes you as an individual, contributing to the greater good of humanity. 

Your mission now, should you choose to accept it, is to do what you are designed to do. If you need help understanding what that is, you’re not alone. And I’m here to help. Contact me today.

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