Do you have a goal? Can you clearly state it?
Well, if so, you have a VISION of what your life can be…or, at least what you want it to be. But now comes the hard part.
What do you need to do to achieve that goal?
Many people wish things to be so, but until we are willing to own what needs to be done, it is VERY unlikely that the goal will ever be achieved.
John Maxwell says, “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Well, the WHY is your ultimate goal. But to achieve the WHY, you must develop a WHAT.
So, again, what do you need to do to achieve your goal? The answer to your question is your MISSION.
The MISSION answers the questions of what you will do; however, it stops short of developing the process of how you will do them. (The HOW is your STRATEGY, which I will cover in a future post.)
Let me provide an example related to this blog. Fotonni serves as a reminder that this world is not what it should be, and that Christians should live in, not of, the world (fotonni is the letters from in not of spelled backwards).
Thus, the VISION behind this blog is that people are living for Christ in a world that doesn’t. The MISSION behind this blog is to help equip people to live for Christ. I do that by writing articles of encouragement, challenges, and practical helps (like this series) towards that end. The articles, and the types of articles are the HOW (i.e. the STRATEGY). And then, to prepare and post the articles are what I call the STEPS.
In the previous paragraph, I have given you the entire PROCESS for this blog – the VISION, the MISSION, the STRATEGY, and the STEPS.
I may not have developed an entire SYSTEM for everything I do, but I have for most everything that is important to me. Why do I do that? Because I know my WHY. And to achieve that goal, I need more than a VISION. I need a MISSION to achieve the VISION, a STRATEGY to fulfill the MISSION, and STEPS to execute the STRATEGY.
So, what is my MISSION? Well, my MISSION is longer than what most people would suggest. But the idea breaks down into four major words which I use to remember the general purpose even if I might forget the particular phrases. (Words are important to me so I wanted to develop a well-crafted statement more than something that is simply easier to remember.)
My MISSION is:
I will love the Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ, submit to His authority in my life, and rely on His power to use my God-given abilities to save others – beginning with my family. I will seek to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God’s truths and His will for my life. I will trust in His provision (Psalm 73.25-26). I will externalize my faith by reaching out to others, teaching them God’s truths, and encouraging others to grow in their own relationship with Christ, so they may disciple others as well (Colossians 1.28-29).
I will break this statement down further in the coming weeks, but for now, I post it to help you think about crafting (or refining) your own statement.
At this point, I encourage you not to worry about the wording of the statement. Your objective at this point is to consider WHAT needs to be done to help you achieve your WHY. If you have not taken time to consider your overall goal, I encourage you to go back and read the previous entries of this series of posts. Without knowing your WHY (that is, your overall goal or VISION), you will not know WHAT you need to do to get there. Specifically, I encourage you to go back and read the following posts (in order).
If you are ready to consider your WHAT, go ahead and write down some words or ideas that you will need to do. You can see my key words in the words or phrases after each “I will” in my MISSION Statement.
But your VISION, and particularly your MISSION will be different than mine. We may have some overlapping ideas, but you need to develop your own thoughts because your SYSTEM is just that – yours. So, use mine as a guide, but consider the WHAT that is most important to you. In the next post, we will begin to consider how to piece the ideas together.