Ever wonder why some people always have tons of energy and continue to grow no matter what life throws at them. They inspire you and make you want to be great. Think Kobe Bryant, MLK, Gandhi, JFK, or Mother Theresa. These people are remembered throughout history for what they have given to the world.
What do these people have in common? They didn’t live by setting goals they lived by following a mission. Your life should be a mission. A mission gives you focus, drive, and purpose. When you have a mission every decision you make will be filtered what that mission is.
If you want to be successful in life you must have a reason to get out of bed. A reason to go to bed early. A reason to stop drinking. A reason to go to the gym. If your reason isn’t strong enough, you will never do what it takes to be successful.
What Is Your Mission? Have you ever thought about that? I found my mission as a firefighter. Every shift I would see someone who had a preventable disease and I was frustrated because all we could do was treat the disease. It was too late to prevent it. That’s when I realized that I needed to do something different if I wanted to actually help people.
I began to ask myself some serious questions.
What am I really passionate about? Training, self-improvement, community, and freedom were the answers that came to mind.
What would I do if money didn’t matter? Well, all of my off time was spent lifting, wrestling, boxing, and being physically active so this one was a no brainer.
This led me to really think about what was important to me, and why it was important to me. I came to the conclusion that people were making a huge mistake by not taking their health seriously. I knew the power of chopping wood and carrying water (This is a metaphor for doing the little things day after day) until I got what I wanted, and I knew that as a society we were missing this important principle.
That’s why I stopped living for paychecks, days off, and benefits and started living for legacy, passion, and mission. I wanted a life that I lived on the weekdays and the weekends. I wanted a life that gave me energy the minute I woke up. I wanted to live for a mission.
My mission became my guiding light. Every decision I made was filtered through my mission. Even though it meant a complete life change I knew that the mission was worth it.
You are probably wondering what my mission is? What could possibly make someone leave a job that pays 75k a year with a clear path for advancement, an unbelievable pension, and top of the line benefits? I’ll tell you what made me leave that job people commonly refer to as “hitting the lottery”. It was you! It was the fact that you needed to know how important training is. It was the secret the universe taught me through hardship, sacrifice, and ultimately success and purpose.
My personal mission in life became to create a community of happy, healthy, individuals. To create a place where parents could take their kids and set an example of what hard work looks like. A place where young adults could grow into leaders of the next generation and inspire their peers. A place you could go to see friends, laugh and relieve stress. A place to call home.
So I ask you today to think about your mission. What drives you? What are you passionate about? What gets you excited in the morning? What do you want to be remembered for?
I’m 41. If I live to see 80 I have 39 years left. 39 years to continue my mission. 41 isn’t my age anymore. I’m not counting what has pasted anymore, I’m counting what I have left. We will all die one day, so stop procrastinating and create your mission today and if your life doesn’t serve your mission it’s time to make some changes.