Quote and Reflection: “A mission could be defined as an image of a desire state that you want to get to. Once fully seen it will inspire you to act, fuel your imagination and determine your behavior.” Charles Garfield, author Peak Performance
Reflection: My reaction to Garfield’s point of view is that a person must begin with self-awareness and then translate that understanding into a positive picture of the future. Then the vision needs to be translated into a concrete goal and then the person needs to summon the courage to work hard and execute concrete actions that support your vision of the future. In this competitive world of the twenty-first century, continuing to hang-on to the “status quo” and blocking change may seem like a reasonable short-term goal because of all the energy and personal benefits you may now have but on the other hand resistance to change is in many ways a sure way to put what you have now at risk because you are seen as an obstructionist and not a team player. So it is my belief that when things start to change you are better off being engaged because through engagement you gain status and the opportunity to create a new future. If you are worried about the risks involved during changing times you will feel less vulnerable and increase your potential power to influence if you have crafted a strong vision and purpose statement. Try the exercise below to help you establish a strong purpose statement it will serve you well in times of change and crisis.
Directions: Look around. Review your life experiences, core values and strengths, then create your mission statement for a living a meaningful and purposeful life. In the next 24 hours, create your purpose and share it with a friend. Complete the following sentence completion stem to get started.
My purpose in life is ___________________________________________________.