I have an assignment for you.
Do you want to know why you were born? What your sacred mission in life is?
Here’s what you do: Schedule a few hours for a personal retreat; a whole day is even better. Get your calendar and cross out that special day with a fat red pen. No one touches that day. It’s your date where you discuss your life with God.
Take that extended time of personal reflection and bring these questions with you.
Here are some “heart questions” for you to answer…
Questions To Answer:
· What are your greatest strengths?
· What is the primary gift that has been given to you to bless the world?
· What do you enjoy doing the most?
· What were the happiest moments of your life? What were you doing during those moments?
· If given an opportunity to live in anyway and do anything—no matter how crazy your choice would be—what kind of life would you choose to live?
Imagine yourself on your 75th birthday:
· What kind of person would you want to be by that time?
· What accomplishments would you want to have attained?
· If family members were to honor you on your 75th birthday party, and thank you and speak about the good things that you have done,what would you want them to say to you?
Write down a tentative Personal Mission Statement:
From your answers above, write a tentative Personal Mission Statement. This one sentence should express what you most deeply believe your life should attain at the end of your days. It should be inspiring and moving as well. And don’t worry if it won’t be perfect. Your Personal Mission Statement should undergo much revision and editing as the weeks, months, and years go by. You should review your Personal Mission Statement in prayer regularly.
Finally, write down your Life-Dreams
Now that you’ve written down a Personal Mission Statement, write down a description of your life twenty years down the road. Picture yourself, your schedule, your work, your house, your relationships, your projects, your character in vivid detail. Don’t worry if you fill a few pages for your Life-Dreams. Let your heart speak as you paint in the canvas of your imagination.
Create Your Financial Plan Based
On Your Life-Dreams
After writing your Life-Dreams document, write your financial plan: How much you should be earning next year.
Writing down a financial goal is an exercise in faith. And an exercise in personal commitment. Your mind will be forced to open up and think of ways how those goals would be met. When I did this, it was as though power was being released as I wrote my financial goals. But as I scribbled on paper every crazy idea that came to my mind, I repeatedly kept going back to my divinely appointed mission in life—because that was how God was going to provide for me.
Let me explain.
I believe that when we’re faithful to our mission and give ourselves to the world and genuinely help people live a better life, we see the world repaying back. When we give, we receive—and we just don’t receive, but we receive much more than what we have given. Why? Because God has written the Law of reciprocity in the fabric of the universe.
Naturally, for this Law of Reciprocity to work, you need to charge what you are worth and not undersell yourself. Earning money doesn’t make you less spiritual. If the money that you’re going to earn is to support your God-appointed Life-Dreams, it is very spiritual. (It’s another issue altogether to be working for a religious ministry or a philanthropic organization where you are voluntarily underselling yourself, choosing rather to pick up non-monetary rewards in the after life.)
So far, I’ve been able to attain my financial goals—enough to support my family and more than enough to be generous to those in need— the second part being an intrinsic part of my mission.
But more importantly, by creating a financial plan based on my Life-Dreams, I live deliberately, and money is still connected to my mission—not something apart from it. Because success for me isn’t having the greatest wealth but the fulfillment of my life-dreams—ninety percent of which aren’t financial.
May your dreams come true,