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 (which you can read more about here), but these days, I'm looking for more. I feel renewed, recovered, and ready to tackle whatever is next.
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:
compassion under fire
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.