I believe we were all put here with a unique mission in life. We have a message to share that no one else on the planet can share. We each have a voice like no other.
And in a world that is dominated by “more of the same”, it is all the more critical that we each find this voice, this
message, this mission and share it. So today, I’m going to give you a few ideas for finding YOURS!
Start by asking yourself this question:
‘What has happened in my life, good or bad, that a) I feel compelled to share and b) would be the MOST useful to others?’
Make sure you write down knee-jerk response(s). Whatever comes up for you in response that question is part of your unique message and offering whatever it is that comes up for you in that answer is one of the easiest roads to creating a mission for yourself and a voice others will want to hear.
Once you have your compelling answer to this question (it doesn’t have to be right or perfect) we are going to start weaving it into a story, or a Parable, that you can share with others as you talk about what you do. Your parable will create a connection with your tribe that has a depth and a richness that will be riveting.
See, there was a path that led you to want to do what you do – and people are interested in that. Telling people your story – how you got to where you are and why you are doing what you do – makes them feel connected to you. It helps them get to know you, learn to like you, and trust that you are who you say you are. (And you know that most people only engage with people they know, like and trust, right?)
To give you an idea of what I mean, I will share my parable with you. Because my calling, my mission, my voice is in a completely new place, it’s a work in progress – here’s the current draft:
My name is Sarah Robinson and perhaps the best way for me to explain what I do is to share a defining moment in my life.
About eight years ago, I quit my job-twice. What is significant about the fact that I quit is that it was supposed to be my dream job-the pinnacle of my professional life. I was hired to turn an organization around-and I did it. I increased revenues 250% and created a luminous community reputation out of one that was riddled with negativity. We became one of the top organizations people chose to support. And I did it all in less than two years. I was so proud. BUT, I had a boss I simply could not please. No matter what success I brought to the table, she told me about what I wasn’t doing. No support, no recognition-just negativity. I became over-whelmed and exhausted.
Oh-and my personal life began to suffer as well. No one wanted to around me and honestly I had nothing positive to offer. Finally I decided that the heart and energy I was pouring into my “dream job” wasn’t worth the price I was paying. So, I quit. Then I was promised that it would be different-I would get what I needed. Well that lasted about 2 days, so I quit again, this time for good.
I was heart-broken. Everything I had dreamed of and worked for was an empty disappointment. If my dream job wasn’t it, what WAS it? Even though I had no job lined up, no real idea of what I was going to do-I just knew that there had to be a better way to work and to really live and I went looking for it.
That is the moment that led me here today. I set about learning and studying how to create a way of working and living that allows me to be exactly who I am and gives me deep sense of satisfaction and success in all areas of my life.
As a result of these experiences, I decided that I would dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping others escape the mediocrity of doing what we are “supposed” to do by sharing all that I’ve learned.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas and inspiration for uncovering your mission and message and putting together your parable.
So give it a try! Don’t over think this – just write from your heart.
My Mother the English Teacher always says “The secret to good writing is re-writing.”
And if you feel so inclined, I would love for you to share any part of your answer or parable here – because I KNOW you are all up to amazing thing!