I believe that mission is at the center of a purposeful life. I also believe that every human has a specific mission. As we say in our BrandLabs and Root Sessions, “Your mission is the thing you are here to do that only you can do.” When you find it (or it finds you), it becomes an organizing principle of your life — and contributes in some significant way to the advancement of humanity.
“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” — Martha Graham
Missions are mysterious things. They aren’t discovered or assigned because of our credentials. As such, our missions are often starkly mis-aligned with our world view, our perceptions of self and our technical/learned skill set. They cause massive disruptions in life. They require a break from the survival-to-comfortable continuum that permeates American society.
My mission came to me at Pacha Coffee on Sunday morning in Austin about 4 years ago.
My mission: to elevate the self-worth of everyone I meet.
In hindsight, this mission began dawning in my earliest memories but didn’t began to rise above the horizon of my life until around 2011. It took me another 3+ years to see that this was not just some insight or philosophy for me — that I had to organize my life around it and share it.
As it is with missions, I’m woefully ill-equipped to be some sort of messenger of self-worth. Which, I’m certain, is exactly why I was chosen to do it.
There is no set way to find your mission. Jesus probably gave the best instructions: seek, ask, knock. A relentless curiosity and the courage to go into the wilderness of the soul are also a requirement. Because missions are most often discovered through suffering and sorrow. They are frequently discovered in darkness and practiced in the light.
So I can’t tell you how to find your mission. I/we can be a guide, a coach, an agitator, a challenger. But you’ve got to want to find it. I will share with you, however, how I can tell if I’m living my mission …
- See souls, not roles (or title, or status, or appearances).
- Regular removal of guile, manipulation and objectification from my heart.
- Genuinely listening; being present for a person.
- Remind myself and others about our two superpowers: choice and creativity.
- Keeping my heart and mind open.
- Sharing musings, wisdom, insight when prompted to.
- Making deep connections and having real conversations.
- Re-joining the divine dance every day.
- Speaking and presenting whenever asked to.
- Being open, vulnerable about my journey, experiences, faith.
Most of all, I can tell I’m living my mission when I’m working on my own self-worth. Which is a struggle. My programmed state is fear, insecurity, doubt. I have to overcome these daily. And some days, they overcome me. But I keep going. Because that’s what you do when your mission comes to you.