Developing A Sense Of Mission In Your Life

I’m sure you know people who are highly motivated and driven. It seems that no matter what they work on, whether it is a task in their job/business or doing something around the house, that there is a sense of purpose and “mission” to what they do.

They want to do their very best and there is a certain sense of purpose and deliberateness behind their actions. They exude an attractive kind of confidence that draws you in.

On the other hand, I’m sure you also know people who seem to be going through the motions. It usually spreads to all areas of their life. They kind of just do the bare minimum at work and when they get home, they do just enough to make it to the sofa so they can spend the rest of the evening watching TV.

A conversation with a person like this usually results in spending a lot of time and energy focusing on what’s wrong with life, a search for things to complain about.

The bad news is that this second type of personality is easy to fall into. You can become passive and uninterested in life and within a few days of practicing this form of behaviour, it can quickly become a habit.

The good news is that the FIRST type of personality is just as easy to “fall” into. The only difference is you have to elevate yourself to that level. It doesn’t just “happen” by default.

BUT, you always get to choose which direction you want to take and making the choice to be a person who carries him/herself with a sense of purpose or mission is just as easy as choosing the opposite.

The key is to find ways to get charged up about. It doesn’t have to be all that complex. Sometimes you can start really small. If you find yourself lying on the couch when you know you should be doing something productive, all you have to do is FORCE yourself to stand up, and pick a task to get started on.

What works well for me is setting a 15 minute timer on my iPhone. I pick an activity like tidying my office and press the start button. I do my VERY best in that 15 minute window to make my office as tidy as possible. I think about nothing else and I allow NOTHING to distract me from the task until I hear the piano riff at the end of 15 minutes.

Usually I have developed a momentum at that point and I continue working on the office until the task is complete.

Then, I pick something new to do and the next tasks seems far easier and more exciting to take on.

Before I know it, I can spend a whole day operating with this sort of “mission” mentality and it can carry over for weeks at a time. In fact, if you practice this enough, it just becomes part of who you are and it can have a life changing impact.

So… think about how YOU can develop a sense of mission in your life. A sense of purpose that propels you forward and prevents you from dipping into a rut that will only end up frustrating you in the long run.

2 Responses to Developing A Sense Of Mission In Your Life

  1. Carl December 15, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Hey Justin,

    I love the idea of using a timer and will be trying that strategy. The one strategy I have used many times over to kick my own butt into higher gear is focusing on how good I will feel by taking positive action and then focusing on how quickly time passes and how it won’t be long before the task will be done and I will be feeling that much better of myself than if I just sat around procrastinating.

    For me this works well and helps me to find energy I normally wouldn’t find. It is the Pain and Pleasure strategy that Tony Robbins has taught. It really works in all areas of life.

    I still have areas that need a bit more of this strategy implemented but for the most part it is working well for me.
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  2. Kelly McCausey December 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Justin I see the importance of Focus and Full Engagement in what you’re saying here and I’m a big fan of both.

    Being scattered about anything is a sure way to lose momentum and huge chunks of time.

    This weekend I had very little going on so I sat down and created a specific To Do List focused on getting as much done on a big project as possible. I’ve made a lot of progress and feel super motivated to finish it this week :)
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