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Chapter 15. Clarify Your Mission

A person with a clear purpose in life is more likely to have a positive attitude than someone who lacks direction. This purpose doesn’t need to be an all-consuming mission–and it can change over time–but it should be strong and clear enough to provide a consistent focus, a sense of priority, and a challenge.

Focusing on “What Counts”

Karen is a Realtor with a steady, consistent track record. She’s divorced, and Karen’s mission is to make sure her son, age 9, and daughter, age 15, get the best parenting she can possibly provide. She likes her work and takes both children to a weekend open house every spring and fall. College expenses will begin in just a few years, and she’s working on her CRP designation because she knows it will help her get more corporate relocation assignments. Her daughter has applied to work at McDonald’s next summer.

Carlos started as an apprentice electrician in 1984, became a journeyman in 1988 and a shift foreman in 1995. His mission is to become a senior supervisor, then a manager with his company, a $50+ billion manufacturer with world-wide operations. Carlos works hard, and he’s taken two or three supervisory training courses every year for the past seven years.

Beth is office manager for a company that manages 1,200 apartments in a college town. Over the years, she’s become the company’s computer expert. She’s installing a network to connect the office with three branch offices and converting to a new cost accounting system. Her mission is to finish these changes by year-end, while keeping daily operations under control and avoiding a crisis. Beth seems to have a new mission every 18–24 months, and most of them are no easier than her current challenge. She’s taking evening classes toward her CPA.



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