What's Your Personal Mission Statement?

I've been putting a great deal of thought into the next chapter of my life. For ten years, I have focused on messy grace, but these days, I'm looking for more. I feel renewed, recovered, and ready to tackle whatever is next.

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But moving forward requires a road map.

I need clarity.

Could somebody loan me a flashlight?!

For me, moving forward means I need a mission statement. Knowing who I am and what I do will help me see what I offer and where I'm going. So I used this tool by Franklin Covey and I'm going to share with you what I've come up with so far:

Who is Steve Austin?

I am at my best when I am connected to others, helping them to dream bigger and treat themselves with kindness and self-care.

I will try to prevent times when I am disconnected from others, working a menial job, feeling that I am not making a difference.

I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can speak, coach, and write.

I will find enjoyment in my personal life through playing piano, reading, meditating, connecting with my inner self.

I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as coaching, listening to my gut, speaking, writing, dreaming big, encouraging others, and feeding my soul.

I can do anything I set my mind to. I will empower others to dream bigger and treat themselves with kindness. Lead others to own their stories, embrace self-care, and create healthy pathways to living well: mind, body and spirit.

My life's journey is about redirecting others away from the unrealistic expectations of others, and empowering them to feed their souls with kindness, compassion, and self-care.

I will be a person who softened through the years. When I am an old man, people will remark that I will have bloomed, like a flower in the sunshine, opening myself to others, letting the fragrance of my own kindness, compassion, and self-care inspire and bless others. I will have given those closest to me laugh lines on their faces and peace in their souls.

My most important future contribution to others will be the fact that I chose to keep living long after I reached the end of my rope. I dug deep, did the hard work of recovery, and after 10 years of rehabilitation, came out on the other side stronger, with a clear vision of who I am, plus a passion to deeply love myself and others.

I will stop procrastinating and start working on:

  • speaking, motivating, inspiring, educating, and empowering others to live their best life today.

  • teaching as an adjunct professor or in a community-education program.

I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:

  • vulnerability

  • compassion under fire

  • daily grace

I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:

  • Physical: exercising 45-60 minutes per day, 5-6 days per week.

  • Spiritual: meditation, plus reading and listening to things that expand my life.

  • Mental: run and/or exercise to keep my anxiety down, write for my own personal therapy, may occasionally need meds and/or therapy, stay open and honest with my wife.

  • Social: Engaging with a safe and encouraging community of either like-minded seekers, or those who truly accept my individual journey.

I have lived long enough to know that circumstances and priorities will change. My goals and dreams will continue to evolve through the years. I accept that fact, and even celebrate it, because change equals growth. I give myself permission to continue to grow, expand, and refine myself in the days to come.

If you're looking for clarity, I'd love to talk to you about life coaching. I use my training as a wellness coach to focus on the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. And my passion for self-care consulting gives my clients the tools to turn their roadblocks into launching pads.

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