The Power of Having a Mission, and How to Think About Yours.
Over the past couple of months I have been really sinking into the heart of my business as I figure out what I am here to do and how I can best help you with all that I have learnt, experienced and have to offer.
Part of this has been to get super clear on what is driving me and who I am here to help. What has fallen out of this process is my mission statement for Karen Grace Wellness, along with a few guiding principles to keep me on track.
I have found that crystallising and defining my mission has been key to my focus and clarity, so I want to share with you some steps you can take if you would like to start formulating your mission.
So what is a mission statement? It is basically a statement which helps focus and organise your life in line with your nature, values and priorities. It acts as a guiding star as you move through life. It can help you determine your goals, your daily habits and ultimately the reality you create for yourself.
I have also found that adding a few guiding principles alongside my mission has helped give me extra guidance especially in understanding heart of my business and what I really stand for.
You can have a business mission, or a personal mission, or more than one mission – there are no rules! My mission is kind of a blend of personal and business, because what I am trying to create in my business comes from the essence of who I am and how I want to contribute to the world
What I will say is that this will be a starting point, in my experience, my mission is ever evolving as I keep learning and get ever more clear on what I am doing. So as a disclaimer, your mission can and probably will change over time, as will mine! And that’s fine!!
Step 1 | 10 Questions to ask yourself
As a starting point to get your creative juices flowing and to start to think about things which may influence your mission, there are some questions we can ask ourselves.
1. When have I felt enjoyment? What do you do that you really enjoy? What are things you love to do, have no resistance around doing them, and look forward to doing them every time?
2. What inspires me? What inspires you every day to take action or keep moving forward? This could be a practice, a person, a quote, a subject, a vision.
3. What are my strengths and talents?I think this is a key piece to understand as you will thrive when you play to your strengths and talent. This is not to say you can’t develop new strengths and talents, because you can! But by working with what you have naturally, you reduce the amount of energy you need, and things flow much easier, especially to begin with.
4. What do I admire in others?I believe this gives us clues to the kind of life we want to live. Do you ever feel envious of someone’s lifestyle, or job? Don’t see this as a negative, turn it around and view it as a clue that this is something you envision for yourself.
5. What do I care about?This is super important, as we need to care about our mission and what we do. Without this emotional piece, it makes it more difficult to keep going and staying aligned with our mission with things get difficult, or we are distracted.
6. What are my passions and interests?Similarly to caring about your mission, you need to be genuinely interested in whatever it is you are doing so you can keep going when the going gets tough. But also, what better than to have your mission centred around something you are passionate about??
7. What does my ideal day look like?What sort of life do you want to create for yourself? Our lives are made up by our days and everything we do in our days, so we need to start there, and decide how we want our days to look. This might influence your mission, for example, if you want to spend your days with your family and your local community, your mission mightn’t be something that would require you to be away from home for long periods of time.
8. What experiences have I had?I truly believe that each of our journeys equips us with knowledge, experience and stories that can help other people. So what is your story? What experiences have you had that could help other people going through something similar?
9. What could I do for others and the world?This could be related to the experiences you have had in your life, it could be related to your talents and strengths, to your passion and interests. How could you use all of this to contribute to others?
10. How would I live if money was no object?What would you do? How would you spend your days? What would you learn? Who would you help? Where would you go? Remove the limitation of any financial constraint and let yourself dream!
Step 2 | Meditate
Now you have thought a little about the questions above, you may find it helpful to spend some time meditating on them.
You could do this by thinking about one or a few of the questions and sitting in stillness with your eyes closed, watching your breath, and just allowing your mind to process the information. You never know what clarity may come when you just allow.
If sitting meditation isn’t your thing, you can go for a walk in nature and allow your mind to wander and process, try not to force anything.
Although not actually meditation, you can sleep on it! Read through the questions before going to sleep and let your subconscious work on it while you rest. You know the way those thoughts sometimes come to you at 4am? Well who knows! Try what works for you.
Step 3 | Journal
You can do this after your meditation or whenever feels right for you. Write out the question at the top of the page and start to write. Try not to sensor what comes out on to the page- allow your stream of consciousness around the question to flow. I find this is a magical practice. Something magical happens when you put pen to paper. I urge you to give it a try.
Step 4 | Brainstorm
This is where you can start to feel into your mission. Brainstorm ideas, play around with different versions of what your mission could be and see how you feel about them. What resonates most with you. Don’t get too caught up in trying to make anything perfect at this stage.
Step 5 | Sit with it
Your mission is not something you can intellectualise or wordsmith – it will come from the core of you, and you should not rush to formulate it. Although of course if it comes quickly, then excellent! Allow yourself time to let it percolate, this could be a few hours, days or weeks.
Step 6 | Formulate your mission statement
Once you have sat with it a while, you are ready to formulate your mission statement. Again remember that it will most likely evolve over time, so try not to get attached to formulating the perfect statement that will be true forever. Allow it to be whatever feels right at this time. It might excite you, feel familiar, light a fire in you, or provide you with clarity on your path forward.
My mission statement for Karen Grace Wellness right now is:
To inspire, educate and empower women in making conscious lifestyle choices to live their healthiest, most joyful and fulfilled lives.
Step 7 | Lay down some guiding principles
As I mentioned at the beginning, I find having some guiding principles have helped my flesh out my mission and remember what inspires me and what it is all about. To give you some inspiration here are my guiding principles for Karen Grace Wellness:
1. Life is not merely being alive, but being well
2. True wellbeing is a feeling of ease & peace on all levels of being (physical, mental emotional and spiritual)
3. Our lifestyle choices are the most powerful medicine we hav
4. We have more power than we know
5. All I have learnt is what I am here to teach
There is a story behind each of these principles, but that is a whole other blog post I will write another day :)
Everyone’s process is a little bit different, and there is no right or wrong way to define your mission.
My hope is that this process and preview of my mission will inspire you to think about your own mission, whatever that may be!
Do you have a mission statement? Do you find having one or the idea of having one helpful?