Personal Mission

by David Samoranski on November 13th, 2011

I have been working on my personal mission for a few weeks now. I have been a little reluctant to post it though because it feels a little vulnerable to put it out there for everybody to see… but that’s the point though, right?

My mission is focused on my interest and research in the field of happiness. I stumbled upon this concept of positive psychology while trying to improve myself from a business sense. I was commuting to work several times a week, which could take 2+ hours each way, and it felt like such a waste of time. I signed up for an account at audible.com to start listening to audio books on business management and leadership while I was on the road. I added the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to my queue and experienced a paradigm shift from Dr. Covey’s message.

If you haven’t read or listened to this book, I highly recommend it. For me, the experience was similar to the movie The Matrix. Unlike Neo’s reality though, my awakening consisted of a renewed understanding that there is a greater purpose in life beyond who has the best job and makes the most money. My parents raised me well and I have always known this truth. However, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. If you ask someone why they do something, over and over again like a young child, you will find it always ends up at happiness. We do things to make us happy.

This fresh outlook on the world combined with my audible.com reading list has helped me to realize that the success formulas, concepts, and processes so often applied in business can be simplified so that everyone can benefit in their personal lives. So, as I continue to learn and apply business management disciplines in my professional life, I will also continue to look for opportunities to apply these strategies to my personal life. Visionary statements (mission, values, vision, etc.) are a great example.

I found a few free tools online to help me create my stuff. One of those tools is a survey that assesses personal strengths and the other is a personal mission builder from Franklin Covey. The links to the tools I used and the results I received are below.

My Personal Strengths

I used the assessment tool at viame.org to identify my personal strengths. The survey is free and the results seem accurate to me. It’s 240 questions and takes a half hour or so to complete.

My strengths are:
Humor and playfulness
You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.
Curiosity and interest in the world
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
Zest, enthusiasm, and energy
Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.
Forgiveness and mercy
You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

Personal Mission

I used the personal mission builder at franklincovey.com. In general, I like the experience of the viame.org survey a little better than Covey’s mission builder. I like the approach of asking simple multiple choice questions and then delivering a level of information beyond the questions you answered. The mission builder basically guides you to enter the exact text that you get in the end. It’s helpful, but not as cool as the survey tool. I dumped the output into a PDF and you can see it here if you’re interested: Personal Mission.

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