As a Marriage and Family Therapist and Sports Psychology Consultant, I’ve been privileged to work with men, women, couples, groups, and athletes. While some of my clients come to me with specific goals that they’d like to achieve in our work together, others come to me feeling rudderless and lost, and they have no goals to speak of; They just know that they’re deeply unhappy in their lives. Whether or not a client of mine knows what he’d like to get out of our work together or not, I’ve often found it to be very helpful to assist them in crafting a Mission Statement for themselves.
Crafting a Mission Statement is like creating a blueprint or road map for the kind of life they’d like to manifest for themselves. A Mission Statement’s intention is to help my clients become deeply acquainted with his or her larger sense of purpose in their lives. It’s a written guidepost, an affirmation, and a stated quest for how they want to live their lives in a way that openly expresses the deep joy, tenderness, wildness, and strength that they have within their bodies, minds, and souls. Mission Statements often incorporate within it a client’s greatest gifts, his passions, and his highest values. Our Missions will evolve and change over time. It is essentially the expression of a person’s deepest purpose in being alive IN THIS MOMENT, whatever it is.
In order to live our lives in ways that are in integrity with our Mission Statements, we must do the work to lift the shadows that block our light from shining in and allowing us to give our greatest gifts to ourselves, to each other, and to the world that we live in. Shadows that block our light include self-doubt, fear, guilt, unworthiness, weakness, dishonesty, confusion, and mistrust. When we embrace our light, our shadows begin to diminish and fade away. We then have an opportunity to step into our own light, live authentically, and bring our gifts of love and service to ourselves and to the world.
Our Mission will not be finished in our lifetimes. It is a way of living, a way of being in the world in our fullness as people. In this moment, my Mission Statement is to be a conduit of the light; to be fully present, compassionately empowering myself and others to heal, grow, and transform. I must confess to you that there are moments in life when I show up in my relationships and in the world that fall short of my Mission. When I do, however, I remember my Mission Statement, and I get back on my horse and steer myself in the direction of my deepest purpose; I get back to living my life in ways that are aligned with my Highest Self.
In this moment, I’m wondering out loud: What is your deepest purpose? What gifts of love and service do you wish to give to yourself, your closest relationships, and to the world at large? In other words, what is your Mission Statement?
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Sports Psychology Consultant, I can be of help assisting you in crafting your own Mission Statement. You’ll notice that over time your Mission Statement will affect the way you work, the way you play, love, parent, and the way you live and show up in the world!!
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