Last week I had some one ask me to help them create a short mission statement. Over the past weekend I had an opportunity to do some service work. The outcome of that service work helped me to realize that I need to be more clear concerning my own mission statement. What I mean by becoming more clear concerning my mission statement is that I need examine how to best use my gifts, talents, abilities, time and energy to accomplish my mission and vision as I seek to be of service.
“What I have learned through my training in martial arts is that becoming more effective involves a process of tweaking — adding and taking away.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneur from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that was are gifted for some thing and that thing must be attained.” Marie Curie
The service opportunity over the past weekend helped me to gain insight into my service delivery. The service opportunity helped me realize that I need to be very specific in how I see myself effectively participating in service opportunities. As a caveat to my past experience, I remembered that for many years I attempted to use what I had to give in ways that did not work for me. Subsequently, instead of being encouraged and validated for my efforts to be of service, I found myself practically reviled and scoffed at in my attempts to be of service. With these memories intact, I found myself revisiting the decision I made a little over 7 1/2 years ago.
“Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs
The decision involved how I would use my gifts, talents, abilities and skills through Second Chance to Live. The service opportunity over the weekend helped me to realize that I would need to tweak my service delivery — beyond the decision made 7 1/2 years ago — to be effective in similar service opportunities. The service opportunity over the weekend, helped me to realize that I would need to modify my delivery style to be more effective. The service opportunity over the past weekend helped me to realize that I needed to adjust my delivery system to communicate and accomplish my mission to encourage, motivate, empower and share hope.
The service opportunity over the weekend, helped me to realize that I can continue to develop and define my mission. I can continue to develop ways to apply my mission.
Life is about a process and a journey, not a destination. I need to remember that and be willing to learn and stay open to my experience. By doing so, I can continue to develop and define my mission statement, as I seek to be of service.
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