To get paid to work in our passions we must be intentional.
To borrow Stephen Coveys’ concept, we must begin with the end in mind.
How are you going to make money with your passion?
What’s the end game?
Do you want to be an employee?
Do you want to be self-employed?
Will getting promoted in your current job provide the satisfaction you’re looking for from your work?
Do you just need a change of scenery in the same line of work?
It’s been said that indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.
If you’re not clear on your direction, any idea or opportunity that comes your way could be a reasonable option.
If I’m presented with five career opportunities you can easily get stuck trying to evaluate all the options without any productive action being taken.
How To Stay Focused
To help stay focused I used to tell people one of the best ways to ensure you’re headed in the right direction was to create a mission statement.
We all know about mission statements right?
Mission statements are those things on the wall at any business that no one reads.
Usually they describe why the organization exists and what it intends to accomplish.
Now, how many of you know, by heart, the mission statement of your employer or of a company who makes your favorite product?
Why don’t we know?
Because they’re too complicated.
I’m a simple guy so I need simple ideas in order to remember them.
So instead of creating a personal mission statement, I tell people to create a mission tagline.
Think about it.
We don’t know Nike’s mission statement.
But we know their tagline right?
Just do it.
Why? Because it’s simple and easy to remember.
See if you recognize these taglines?
Are you in good hands?
Don’t leave home without it.
I’m lovin’ it.
Remember Two Things
When life gets crazy and complex and we forget where we’re going with all this we need a simple
mission tagline to remind us of two things.
1. Who are you?
2. What do you want to accomplish?
What is one word that describes who you are and what you want to be for others?
For me that word is catalyst.
I want to be a catalyst for others to propel them toward work they love to do and help them achieve their goals.
Then the second part of your mission tagline is what you want to accomplish with your career.
For me, I want to help others grow and improve.
Pretty simple right?
So my mission tagline is:
“To be a catalyst for growth and improvement in others.”
Having a mission tagline allows me to decide in advance the life I want to live and the type of career I want to have. It creates focus for every area of my life.
It will do the same for you.
Who are you and what do you want to accomplish?
When you answer those two questions you’ll have a mission tagline as an anchor as you pursue your passion.