Live less out of habit, and more out of intent

Live less out of habit, and more out of intent

I don't know about all of you, but one of the biggest things that scares me about the real world is the routine.  I mean, I love a good routine - to be perfectly honest, I eat the same bran flakes for cereal every morning - but the thought of being reduced to a mere machine, trudging along day by day and not really thinking about why I'm doing what I'm doing is downright terrifying. In honor of J. Bieb's album Purpose coming out on Friday, this post is to dedicated to purpose (tbt to the Kidrauhl YouTube days).


For this reason, I think it is very important to take time to sit back and look at the bigger picture.  Why am I doing what I'm doing?  Where do I plan on going with this? Yes, sometimes it's scary to just take a break (I mean, don't I have some cause I should be advocating for? An assignment i should be starting? A blog post to be writing?) But I believe a more effective way to bring direction and happiness to life is by writing a personal mission statement, something we did for LEAD last Friday.


What's a personal mission statement, you ask?  Well I'm glad you asked! It's okay, I too had some questions about the task at hand. When I think of mission statements, I think of those paragraphs that organizations have on their websites (most of them being very similar) basically relaying the essence of their organization and their purpose. Sprinkled in with a few buzzwords. I know you know the type.


But a personal mission statement can give your life direction. Think of it this way: if you don't know where you're going, how are you possibly going to get there? (Yes, I know that was a little deep). But seriously, people, this stuff helps. A personal mission statement should be specific: what are you going to accomplish in life? What are you going to do to get there? This isn't a "smart" goal, it's not something that needs to be attainable, or in a timely manner. It's a statement of purpose and intent. By knowing where you want to go in life, you can live with more purpose, with anticipation of the mere fact that you know what you have to look forward to in the future.


By now, I hope you all have your own personal mission statement. The next time you get home from a particularly stressful day at the office or spend seven hours writing a ridiculously hard philosophy paper and you think, "Why do I do this to myself?" you now have your answer. Simply read your personal mission statement to get back on track with perspective. Now, this isn't to say that your mission statement can't change. Let's be realistic here people, life sure does throw some curve balls. But what's that saying? When life gives you lemons, make lemonade? No. When life gives you lemons, hand them back and say "no, thank you" if it isn't what you want. Okay, that was dumb. But seriously people, you decide what your purpose is going to be in this life!


I really think this is one of the most important lessons I've learned here in D.C. So, write that personal mission statement. Read it when you wake up. Live purposefully, because if not, then what's the point? Stand up for that cause you believe in. Be passionate. All this being said, there isn't anything out there that will give your life purpose. The purpose is all within you.


In a city like this, with so many talented and extraordinary people, it's hard to feel like you actually have a chance. But just because you aren't the best at something, doesn't mean your passions aren't credible. If you're passionate about caring for people, then be good at that. If you're passionate about pizza, then eat pizza. Be great at caring for others, be great at eating pizza.


Life lesson learned in D.C. this week- Just be You. I mean, somebody's gotta do it and who else would be better?

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