Children are fascinated by bubbles
They must seem magical
Perfect spheres of light reflecting the changing colours around them as they shimmer and float delicately on the breeze, rising higher and higher. Eventually they rise so high they can no longer be seen, or they disappear in a ‘pop’.
I’ve always had a fascination with bubbles
Many years ago, I made a huge wand out of number 8 fencing wire (what else!). I made up a bubble solution on a large dinner plate and would spend time relaxing and blowing amazingly large bubbles, watching their journey through and above the garden. Friends would come over and think it was hilarious that a grown woman was blowing bubbles.
Yet, without exception, when I’d put down the wand to go and make a cuppa, they would pick it up. I’d hear their laughter and excitement from the kitchen as their first big bubble rose into the air. With several friends over they’d even argue over whose ‘turn’, it was to make bubbles. I still have that wand – and I still use it.
Take a look at my logo on my business card. While it’s impossible to show on the website, you can see on my business card that beyond the bubbles is a (w)hole. Then notice the tag line… Become Your Self! That logo, coupled with the tagline is more than a brand.
This is the metaphor for my mission in life:
“In relation to my mission I am like a bubble; I’m transparent, light and free. I shine from the inside out yet reflect the light in others. I am playful and uplifting, stimulating playfulness, joy and creativity in those around me.”
Whenever I look at it I’m reminded of what I’m here to do and how I want to do it — but I’ll come back to that later.
Underneath a good, solid brand is a whole lot of work
Whether you’re in business or work for an organisation, it’s important to know what your brand is. Before you determine your brand you need to understand who you are. This demands a fair bit of introspection, reflection, self-awareness and self-examination — something not everyone is comfortable with. Whether you’re comfortable or not the work is critical because if you’re not clear about who you are, then other people won’t be clear either.
I find it exciting that people are keen to explore this now
I think I know why. I believe most people are no longer content with just going to work and doing a job. Nora Watson in her interview for Studs Terkel’s classic book ‘Working’ said;
”Most of us are looking for a calling, not a job. Most of us…have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people.”
People can feel trapped in a job
They get paid for working and they ’put up’ with whatever they need to put up with just to get through the week and collect their pay. More and more, people want to enjoy and feel motivated in their work; they want to feel passionately engaged with what they do. But, even more so — they want to feel fulfilled. They want to make a difference; to know that they’re making a contribution to society in some small or large way.
What are you contributing?
I believe everyone has something to contribute; everyone has a mission in life or a purpose. Many go their whole lives without discovering what that is. It doesn’t mean to say they’re unhappy but they may have a sense that’s something is missing. Having a mission or calling is important because it gives you an awareness of who you are and an understanding about why you’re here on planet earth.
It’s a big concept
Yet at a deep level it’s the very core of your identity. Articulating what it is, gives you a more profound sense of where you fit in the world and how you can make the best contribution.
For people starting a business, a mission will become the touchstone of your business. It will help you define what work you’ll do – and what work you won’t do. Your mission statement coupled with your values shows what you stand for and will also be the basis upon which you’ll build your brand.
Branding in this way is also important to your career
How can you sell yourself into a new role that will fulfil your hearts’ desire, if you can’t articulate who you are and what you’re about?
Your mission is much bigger than a job role or even a business.
It is a statement about who you are as a person. Fundamentally your mission describes YOU – no matter what you’re doing, who you’re with or where you are. In fact, when you know what your mission is and what your values are, the need to sell yourself is replaced by a passion, a sense of alignment, freedom and ease. You absolutely know your place in the world, you’re doing what you want to do and your life is on track.
My mission is:
“I passionately inspire, guide and encourage people to reconnect with their own inner God. By being authentic, and using humour and lightness, I lead people to discover their uniqueness and infinite potential; to become more of who they really are, and to live a life of purpose and meaning.”
Those two sentences encapsulate who I am. It goes beyond just my business. It doesn’t matter what I’m engaged in, I’m always the same person living the same mission. I can’t stop myself living my mission in all areas of my life because this is who I am. It’s easy, it’s freeing – it’s ‘home’.
It wasn’t always this way
When I first started my business, and of course – in hindsight – I had only a vague idea of what I was doing. As a consequence, I did a lot of things I didn’t want to do, simply because I’d either trained to do them or had some background and experience in that particular field. I, therefore, thought I ‘should’ do them. I let other people dictate what I’d do and ended up in some unhappy situations. I would try to emulate and ‘be’ like other people I admired.
Except, of course, I wasn’t them.
So that didn’t work too well. Defining my mission, my values and my sense of identity restored choice to my day-to-day work as well as my out-of-work and longer term activities.
A mission isn’t something you make up
A mission is something you detect. I’m reminded of a quote attributed to the famous sculptor Michelangelo. He said,
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” In the same way, you have a mission inside you.
By examining different aspects of your life, you begin to see patterns, words that are important, repetition. You chip away what’s not you. Your mission emerges gradually by connecting the dots that have led you to where you are today and weaving together the threads of your past.
It can be a life changing process.
It can also be extremely challenging and frustrating – until you get it. Then, it feels free like you’ve come home to who you truly are.
Having a metaphor or image that represents your mission can be a powerful day-to-day reminder. The MetaMorphosis logo is the metaphor for my mission.
Do I live it every day?
No, I don’t.
Unfortunately, I’m not a perfect angel and I have off days like everyone else. But my mission is my touchstone and I have fewer and fewer days when I’m out of alignment with my mission. I generally feel any misalignment immediately and do whatever I need to do to reconnect.
So what about the (w)hole?
I’m going to leave you to think about what the (w)hole might represent…
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