Your mission, should you choose to accept it. Remember those words from Mission Impossible? And yes, I watched MI on TV, long before Tom C. made the movies.
Every week, the mission moment was the great call to do something impossible, if you should choose to that is. Still the same, you get to choose the mission for the week. You and you alone can decide what your mission will be. Yes, there are way too many roadblocks, machine gun toting customers, strung out supervisors, dilapidated and non-supporting systems in your mission territory. There are many obstacles and more are setting up all the time.
But what is an obstacle to mission but a step or a challenge to making a difference? Indeed, each challenge will help you to focus and hone your mission to a razor's edge. And when you are on mission, there is no one who can replace you. You are the man. You are the woman. You are the one.
That kind of mission becomes who you are and it captivates your heart, even becomes your heart. It is not your job, not your title, nor your job review, or the comments made by strangers or family or fools of another stripe.
That mission is your reason for waking up in the morning, and going to bed at a decent hour. It is the reason you keep fighting and pushing forward when the rest of the crabs want to pull you back into the crab pot. It is the reason you are contrarian, non-conformist, different and unwilling to go off mission for long.
The mission, should you choose to accept it, will guide you like Polaris, always steady and findable, bright enough to be seen in the most light polluted places, not willing to be crowded out by the other pseudo missions you will be assigned.
When you are on mission, you are not contrarian for contraians sake. You are not willing to conform because it will not achieve mission success. The job or career will take you away from mission, as funny as that seems. I mean, you signed up in the first place because you thought that the job and the mission were one and the same. But somewhere along the way, after countless meetings you discover that the track you have been on is not going to the station you expected. Don't be afraid at that point. In fact, take a deep breath and thank God that you are alive and discovered that you need a course correction. Thank God that He is communicating with you about your travels.
That's why it all depends on your mission. What is your mission? What is it that get's you up in the morning? What is it that you dream about when you have good dreams?
I discovered my mission sometime ago, probably after I met my people loving wife. It is fairly simple, To Find The Diamond In Everyone. That's it. For me, doing that everyday is my measure of quality. Others have their measures of course, and I'm fine with that, to a point, but I am unwilling to let my rule take a back seat to theirs. Are you?
So what is your mission and are you on mission today?