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What are your missions?

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You may have a range of different missions in your life, from running a business to raising your kids, to building a community project. Much like our values and beliefs, our missions are totally personalised and some with me bigger than others. It’s likely you’ve already got a few missions that are in alignment with your personal purpose, and if you don’t that’s probably why you’ve found yourself right here on this journey with us, as you are now ready to start doing new missions or missions, through the creation of a new career, business or pathway for your future.

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Typical causes of Failure

What causes us to fail to achieve things, fail to start things, fail to complete things can be caused by a multitude of things. Including our mindset and fear. However when we focus on the doing component of what cause us to fail, it is the classic, saying: “there’s just not enough time”, that really is a limiting belief, that is most often caused by;

  • Spending too much time on just one thing.
  • Spending your time on too many things.
  • Doing too little.
  • Lack of focus.

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Finding your missions

Linking the things you do to your personal purpose or what Simon Sinek is famous for your personal why.

Your missions are HOW you bring your personal purpose to life and the practical steps you need to take to achieve, or live by your personal purpose, your WHY. The HOW is the practical, operational knowledge and actions that brings your visions to life.

We like to refer to our mission in life as being our ‘big rocks’ (the big things we should be focused on) and would like to share a story around the concept of this.

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    Story: Big Rocks

    One day, a time management expert was speaking to a group of highly successful business leaders, and to drive home a point, this expert, used an illustration to communicate his message, which the students would never forget.

    As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers, he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then, he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on a table in front of him.

    Then he produced a number of fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

    When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.”

    Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

    Then, he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time, the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered.

    “Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

    “No!” the class shouted. Once again, he said, “Good!” Then, he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then, he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

    One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

    “No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: 

    If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them all in.” Without the rocks being first, they just won’t all fit.

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    What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life? A project that YOU want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? 

    Remember to put the BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

    What are your big rocks, in your life? What missions are you going to set out to have as the key focus areas that will help you achieve your life purpose? Once your big rocks are prioritised and brought into focus, you should be able to align everything else, the smaller rocks, the gravel, stones and sand to fit around them, support them.

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    The brilliant thing about bringing your missions into focus, is your clarity around decisions, saying no becomes so much easier. With a clear personal purpose in mind and clarity on your missions, you will be able to ask yourself simply does this activity align with your personal purpose? If the answers are no, your action becomes simple, don’t do it, say no. If the answer is yes, it’s a matter of working out where this yes fits within your missions.

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    Assessable Focus

    Use your Pillars of Purpose tool to start defining your missions, at a high level what they are, play around with their order and size. Change them like you would rock to reflect the importance of the project/initiative.

    Missions can be broken down further also, for example within a business, you might also have a purpose statement as well as the missions the business is doing in alignment with the business purpose. For example, a business like us might have a purpose to unlock potential, and the ways we do this might be through two missions (two service offerings, two courses).

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