Do you have a personal mission?

Do you ever wonder why some individuals seem to be able to make an incredible impact on the lives of others and as a result find intense joy in their lives?  I believe that when someone find their passion their true purpose in life suddenly everthing about life becomes passionate and fun.  But what exactly do I mean when I speak about a life purpose?  This is so much bigger then setting goals.  This is having a core calling that continues to surface in your life in different projects, in various volunteer opportunities and sometimes in what draws you as a hobby.  Often times our personal mission or purpose may take many years to become obvious.  But if we take the time to really understand what drives us – what gives us the greatest joy in life you’ll find that it is directly connected to what could be our purpose.

Sometimes events in our lives suddenly impact us so dramatically that it begins to plant a seed in our minds that if allowed to flourish can grow into a personal mission.  This was the case with my friend, Bob Votruba the founder of  One Million Acts of Kindness (  Bob was dramatically impacted by the events that shook our country on September 11, 2001.  This was the beginning of the seed of compassion that shook Bob’s very core, as it did so many millions of others.  But it was the events of April 16, 2007 at Virginia Polytechnical Institute where 32 people were killed by the actions of one lone individual,  that the thoughts of needing to do something to affect change that was the turning point for Bob.  Bob felt a safer and more caring world was needed to counter a diminishing loss of the value of love, compassion and kindness in this world.  So one man took on a personal mission to affect change.  He chose to connect with college age students who are our future leaders and decision makers.  His mission has grown over the last eight months to where it is now spread to a movement across the country beyond college campuses.

Another example of a life’s purpose that has flourished beyond a career is the story of Frank Montijo who served his country in the Navy during the Korean War era.  He later entered into the field of Optometry and become an Optician.  It was well later in years that Frank found his calling to serve his fellow veterans with helping them get needed eyewear.  He realized that so many of his fellow veterans were in need of glasses but may have not be able to afford a simple need we all take for granted.  Frank made it his mission to serve this need.  To date he has repaired, maintained and provided glasses to over 21,500 veterans. Frank Montijo is 76 years old.

On a personal level I have always chosen work that would allow me to impact individuals on a growth basis.  My background in Human Resources allowed me to expand my natural talents and instincts in helping individuals become more confident in their career choices.  When given the opportunity to coach someone on how to better write a resume, how to tackle an interview, how to work as a team, how to develop leadership skills, how to look outside the box when examing what skills and talents could be applied in the course of new opportunities I was at my happiest.  I realized many years ago that my core mission in life was to help others see the value of their own innate skills and talents.  I liked knowing that if I could impact just one person’s life in a positive manner I did my job (not my work job — but my core purpose).  Nothing brings me greater joy then to see another succeed at whatever they attempt to do.  I guess that is why I love writing posts for this blog.  I truly want everyone who becomes a reader to have a life of abundance.  To have a life filled with joy, happiness, peace of mind, great health, wealth, love and a strong connection to a higher power.

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