Looking for a Life Mission? Make it your Mission to pursue Virtue, Excellence and Quality every day. Take these three qualities and apply them to whatever specifics you want to accomplish and you can’t go wrong.
Let’s call these specifics your Life Vision. These are important, extremely important. They are the tangible results you are looking for during your lifetime on this planet. These are the goals that excite you—that will make life worth living.
Within your Life Vision, find your One Thing. This is your ultimate goal; the outcome that will light your life on fire and set your spirit free.
If you’re smart, your One Thing will allow you to pursue your complete Life Vision. For example, becoming financially independent in 10 years would really open things up, wouldn’t it? Not having to work every day to survive would indeed release you to pursue whatever you wanted to do.
This is good. You are now way ahead of 95% of the human race. This is a huge advantage. Write it all down and post it somewhere you will see it each morning. Start the day off right. Put it down on paper so it’s crystal clear and so there will be no forgetting or fading of aspirations over time.
So your Life Vision and One Thing will provide the framework for your life. You’ve got direction, specific goals and a truckload of personal meaning for motivation. There will be no drifting along and being pushed around by life.
No, you’ve specifically defined what you want to do and how you want to live. And you will tear after it with a vengeance. For now.
But beware, without the foundation of Virtue, Excellence and Quality, time and the fog of life can take its toll. Slowly, but surely you can lose your way. Goals and long term plans without solid principles for life behind them can fade to black.
Your Life Mission, when properly applied will keep you on track in good times and bad. Commit to always conducting yourself in congruence with your Mission and you will rise above the distractions and strife that will derail most other men.
Use your Mission principles as the underlying rules for all that you do. When you lose direction or motivation go back to your fundamentals: Virtue, Excellence and Quality. Make them your fall back position when you find yourself lost in difficulty and torment.
During a shit storm most men will run for cover. This is because they have no real core to guide them when things get ugly. So they will run and hide. But with your rock solid foundation, you’ll be standing tall and holding the line.
When most would be asking themselves “what do I do now” you will be forging ahead with Virtue, conducting yourself with Excellence and producing nothing but Quality.
Good feelings, bad feelings or no feelings, make it a daily habit to live your Life Mission. After a while it will simply become a reflex. You will know no other way to conduct yourself. It will become your essence.
The Magic of Compounding
Over time, this is what will separate you from the masses. Let the magic of compounding and consistent conduct take you to a higher plane. This is what will allow you to become your very best—to manifest your Life’s Destiny.
Life is all about your habits. It’s about all the little decisions you make every day. Some of these decisions are conscious and some of them unconscious. Rarely is success attained in one fell swoop or with a stroke of genius. Effort, principle and discipline are what will eventually win the day.
Besides applying your smarts, simply maintaining a constant focused application over the long term is what will lead to success. Most of this is some simple stuff:
- Get a head start each day by getting up an hour or more earlier and get to work
- Always be reading to learn instead of watching television
- Right size your financial overhead and spending so that you cash flow every month
- Avoid grains and refined sugar—eat Paleo
- Quit wasting your time and killing brain cells with alcohol
- Stay fit through lifting and high intensity interval training
- Craft your mindset so that you always live in and enjoy the present moment
- Carry yourself with energy, verve and courtesy
- Outwork and outlast them all
- Always conduct yourself with Virtue
- Always pursue Excellence
- Always produce Quality work
None of the above require you to be Superman or some sort of genius. But they do require that you live your life with principle; the principles of a Life Mission based on Virtue, Excellence and Quality.
Simple, but not necessarily easy.
Have another look at the list of 12 items above. These are things that any man with character and a backbone is capable of. If you are reading this material, it should be self evident you can do more. What if you applied each line item to your life every day from now on? Where would you be in 1 year, 5 years or 10 years?
Live a Life of Meaning
Explicitly crafting your Life Mission will allow you to live a life of meaning. You will have a Purpose each day to get out of bed. This is instant energy. It will be a relief to get up and get to it. It will allow you to live with motivation and direction. You will be able to go full throttle all day, every day.
Troubles will come and troubles will go. Good times will come and good times will go. But regardless, you will always be moving forward like a rushing current. You will be full of life and become an inspiration to those around you.
You will enjoy yourself and be your own best company. Over time, the weight and depth of your character will sustain you when most men would crater. And in the good times, your primary pastime will be paring away at yourself to become the very best man you can be.
And by the way, it is never too late to redefine your life with a finely crafted Mission, Vision and One Thing. Each day is a fresh start. Forget about the past. The past is an illusion. It doesn’t exist anymore. Do not use it as an excuse. Plan for the future but live your life in the present moment.
Pull the trigger and start now.
All the best,