For years, I chased the high salary and job title – I also chased the money. I went to school and it was drilled into me to get a good management position. So, I did that – I went from job to job and tried to improve my title (and pay) with each new company. I started as an Inventory Clerk, then Accountant, to Accounting Manager and then finally, Controller.
And then one day, I knew I was done. It was over. I knew that I would no longer continue on to the next logical step – CFO. I was burnt out.
For a long time, I did what I was expected or whatever people thought I should do. I worked in some jobs that made me dread getting up in the morning, but they were ‘good jobs’ and looked even better on my resume. The media bombards us with images of what success is supposed to look like and don’t get me started on peer pressure and other people’s opinions and expectations – I thought I was successful. I was somewhat part of the rat race, I guess and didn’t listen to my own needs, wants or desires. I needed a change or a way to help shepherd me through trying times.
So, I developed my own Personal Mission Statement.
What is a mission statement? I guess you can say it’s a set of overall goals for a person or organization – it’s a statement of purpose. It’s like a rudder through a storm or a way to guide us down a winding road when you can’t see what’s around the next bend.
Here is my current mission statement and it consists of 3 sentences:
1.) I want to see new things.
2.) I want to meet new people.
3.) I want to learn new skills.
That’s it. If you notice, there is no mention of money here. Obviously, money is important because we have to pay bills but it is no longer the single driving force in my life.
I’m sure my mission statement will change over time but it has definitely affected how I live my life. I am still a Controller because, to be honest, I have a mortgage to pay, but I now work in a good, small company where I enjoy going to work each day but who knows what will happen next?
It’s a process. I have now started side hustles and my next opportunities or life experiences will be guided by my mission statement.