Understanding our purpose in life is a monumental experience. So often we drift through life wondering what we were put on this Earth to do, to be, to whatever. (And subsequently feel very lost and “whatever”.)

For this blog, I refer to Jack Canfield’s, “The Success Principles” (a book you will find I mention a lot) and Tina Su’s online article, “Life on Purpose: 15 Questions to Discover Your Personal Mission”.

Both Canfield and Su talk about the idea of creating a personal mission statement that sums up your purpose in one sentence. That’s not overwhelming at all – to sum up your life’s purpose into one sentence!

Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go.

First of all, we envision our own perfect world. Mine is filled with lots of shoes. No, I’m just kidding. (Well, kind of.) Let’s say I live to be 100 and I look back on my life and reflect on what I am most proud of, what matters most to me – well, first and foremost, I am 100 years old and can still remember something! This is obviously a glitch in my imagination; I can’t remember anything now and I am 28. Regardless, let’s say I do have a memory that lasts longer than Dory in “Finding Nemo”, I want to look back on my life and say “this is where I really helped turned someone’s life around.”

So, to be honest, I just wrote the first thing that came to my mind there. And I think that the first thing that comes to your mind is your true meaning because you didn’t filter your answer, you just immediately answered.

Another version is Jack Canfield’s: list two of your unique qualities, list two ways you enjoy expressing your qualities, describe the perfect world as you see and feel it, and combine all of that into one statement.

For me: My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to accept everyone for who they are – uniquely themselves.

Okay, so I have my personal mission statement. I think moving forward it will be easy to be overwhelmed by obstacles that get in my way. I think using mindfulness will be helpful; reminding myself of my purpose every day and that when I lose sight of it, to notice I have strayed and bring my attention back to my purpose – without judging myself for having taken a little detour.

Personal mission accomplished.

Readers/Fan Club- I challenge you to explore your perfect world and your own personal mission statements. Why? Because having purpose in your life will make you feel like you’re going in the right direction, or for some of you A direction! Find yourselves!

About the Author

Tara Richardson is a Peer Support Specialist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. Her own personal journey through mental illness has led her to be a passionate and dedicated advocate for mental health recovery. Tara is an aspiring author who is in the (long) process of writing and editing her memoir compiled from journal entries beginning at age 11. Tara has a B.A. in Psychology, a diploma in Social Service Work, and a certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Tara can be contacted at: tara_richardson913@hotmail.com Non-creepy fan mail gladly welcomed.