I was just listening to a blog post by Katie Freiling. Katie asked a question I have heard a lot since starting to work from home “What is your WHY?” Why do you want to make working from home work for you. But Katie asked something else from me when she asked this, she asked “Why are you here on this planet?” What are you here to accomplish? Maybe this is obvious to you, but in answering my why for business and creating my mission statement, I did not consider this as part of my thought process. You want to know how I know I did not consider my “Why am I here on the Planet?” as part of my “Why online business? Why this business? Why not just find a job?” I know this because the two answers are in conflict with each other.
You see my mission statement for my business has to do with helping people one at a time. Having an impact on their lives with a simple blog post, article, or one of the products I have the opportunity to help them find. But my belief about what I am doing here on the planet has nothing to do with helping people. In fact, for years I have gotten by in life on the simple belief that I have no impact on anything in life except for my children. I have believed that no decision that I make will change the world in any way, shape or form, except for the decisions I make on how I raise my children.
The people who are successful and who I am following keep telling me that I need a why bigger than myself to be successful, and I am going to listen, because I want success. But the funny thing here is that I am forging out on my own for two reasons. First and foremost, I find myself the mother to a young child again and I want to raise this child different than the one I raised before. I know that I can find a way to be successful and be home for my child. I don’t have to subscribe to society’s rule that I can either be successful and work 60 hours a week and be lucky to see my child, or I can be there for him and live in poverty. I know that this is a misnomer and not the idea I subscribe to. Second, I believe in being passionate about your job, whatever your job is, and I have been for years, no matter what I have done. I have worked hard to make other people successful. I think it is time I work hard to make me successful. I don’t want to worry about if the girl in the next cubicle likes my timing or my attitude, I don’t want to worry about being laid off because I was the last one to be hired, I don’t want to worry about whether someone else values me as much as I value myself. I think I am valuable, I know my work ethic is above average, and I don’t want to fight for myself everyday just so I can promote someone else in business. If I am going to fight for myself, I want to reap the rewards myself.
While those two things are all about me, my choice in business has been about helping others. My blog is about reviewing the business opportunities I come across so that others may make a well informed decision about going into business for themselves. I sell skin care products to help people feel better about what they look like and I sell personal development products so that people can find it within themselves to succeed. While the reason I am in business for myself may be my children and that is in alignment with my beliefs about why I am on this planet. The businesses I have chosen are about helping others to enjoy their life more, and I am just as passionate about that as I am about being present in my children’s life. So maybe after years of believing that I don’t really have much of a purpose here on this planet, I need to investigate the possibility that I do. For I certainly would not have chosen these businesses if I believed no one would listen to me.
Maybe this shift is just a small one to make. Small shifts can cause huge results, right? I have been telling myself for years I don’t make an impact in the world, but I have lived my life as if I do. Teaching others whether it was my job, or something I knew I could help them learn to promote themselves, or just something I could help a friend learn so they did not have to make a mistake I had made to learn the lesson. So maybe I just have to have the courage to realize that I think more of myself than I am willing to tell myself I do (my what a big ego I have?)
When the next person asks you, Why do you do what you do, try to include in your answer your mission statement for your life, not just your mission statement for business or family. Look at how you see your life, and what you see when you look forward and these things may be better at answering that question than looking within yourself. You might be as surprised as I am to find that your mission and your beliefs are completely different than what you have been telling yourself that they were. Actions always speak louder than words.
Come tell me what your mission statement is, I would love to hear it.