More than a year ago I had the significant opportunity of working one-on-one with a character coach toward building a mission statement for my life.
Usually caught somewhere between who we currently are and who we want to be, a personal mission statement is meant to compass conscious thoughts and behaviors to be witnessed through a life lived out loud.
I’ll quickly give you the finished product of a three-month process:
“To exemplify a genuine and courageous life lived out for others with passion, inspiration and insight that propels people to take action.”
Every word in that statement has a purpose behind it, but the one that’s receiving our focus today is genuine. Through the sifting process of knowing who I want to be, I knew that included real and authentic.
As kind and considerate as many high-level leaders are, there is also an accompanying sense (real or perceived) of being unapproachable.
As my journey in leadership continues to mature, my mission is to remain accessible and candid about who I am as a person. In essence, here are my strengths and my weaknesses. Here are my ups and my downs. Here’s where I’ve succeeded and where I’ve failed. Here’s what I’ve mastered and here’s where I’m struggling. Open book would be the term to sum it up.
So here’s my “genuine” update on life…