The Process of Rediscovering my Mission

It’s become clear to me in the past few weeks that my mission in life is to help other veterans rediscover their mission in life. We had a very clear mission in the military but civilian life is not so structured, so it can be very easy to lose your way. I know I did.

I intuitively chose the next steps in my life over the past 30 years. I thought it would be a good idea to go back to school; so I did. I thought it would be a good idea to get a job; so I did. There was no plan and there certainly was no mission. I liked what I did, but at the end of the day, it was just a job. I ended up at a place where I was unsatisfied and bored and couldn’t tell you why. From the outside, I’m sure it all looked great. As I spoke of before, I buffered my emotions with food and with cigarettes.

I had no clue what my mission was, but I knew I had to find it or else live the rest of my life regretting what might have been.

I didn’t know where to start, so I started with my mind and my body. I’d always heard that there was a connection between mind-body-soul so I figured if I could get my mind and body marching in the right direction, my soul’s mission would eventually come to light.

I used the following process to improve in each area.

Plan—> Execute—> Review—> Repeat

I started with daily goals for my mind and body. There was no way I could have started with a 5 year goal. I hand wrote a plan with three things I would accomplish that day, executed the plan, then reviewed what went well and what didn’t every single day. I then tweaked my plan as time went by to find what worked for me. I created new habits and once they were ingrained, I added new ones. I continue this practice on a daily basis.

Once I got my mind and body on the right track, I started listening and reading to more and more books and podcasts on how to find and clarify your purpose. Most of the material said that I already knew what it was and that my brain was blocking it. Wait, what? All this time I knew what it was?

I went through a process of journaling and self-interviewing over many weeks to get my thoughts out of my head and I followed several methodologies to get there, but I did finally figure out what lights me up. They were right, it was there the whole time. It’s such a relief to have figured it out. Now what am I going to do? I’m going to Plan, Execute, Review to figure it out!

What’s your mission my friends?

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