Mission Possible: Discovering and Living What You are Created to Do

July 9, 2017

Categories: Mission

This blog post is Part 1 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl said that one of the primary ways to find meaning in life is through our actions, or the things we do.

For example, Frankl was passionate about helping and psychotherapy. At the start of World War II, he was in the process of writing a book about logotherapy, his theory about how people could experience healing from emotional problems. When he was put into a concentration camp during the war, the SS guards forced him to throw away all his possessions, including the initial copy of his book manuscript. He begged the guards to let him keep the manuscript, but they threw it into the fire anyway.

Frankl was understandably devastated by this loss. But throughout his time in the concentration camp, Frankl never stopped thinking about and writing the book in his mind. After he was freed from the concentration camp, he immediately wrote and finished his book. These actions helped to give his life a sense of meaning.

This blog series focuses on finding meaning through our actions. How can we engage in meaningful work? How can we discover and live out our mission and calling?

So many people struggle to discover and live out their mission. Maybe you feel this way. You might have a job that pays the bills, but it doesn’t feel meaningful to you. It might feel as if you are going through the motions in life, and every day is the same. You aren’t excited about what you do. You have a job, but it doesn’t feel like a mission.

Or you might be in a place where you are trying to discover your mission, but you haven’t found it yet. Perhaps you are a college student or young adult, trying to figure out what major to study in college. Or maybe you are considering a career change, but you don’t know what a better path would be. You’re in the process of trying to find your mission, but you aren’t there yet.

Finally, you might have a sense of what your mission is, but you are struggling with translating your calling into a career that makes a living and can support a family. How can you apply your abilities and expertise to the area where you feel called? How can you find the sweet spot between your purpose and what you are good at? You need help connecting the dots.

I believe that mission occurs at the intersection of our purpose and expertise. Purpose is the “why”—and that is where we will start. Life is difficult, and there are many big problems to help solve. You need a compelling “why” to fuel your mission.

Once you determine your purpose, there are several ways to work toward solving that problem. Your expertise is the “how”—and that is where we will move next. Living into your mission requires you to apply your abilities and expertise toward your purpose. If you aren’t operating in your areas of strength, you are trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. You will end up frustrated. You need a clear “how” to make your mission happen.

If you feel frustrated about your day-to-day life, this blog series is for you. In the next several posts, I will help you explore your purpose—the “why”—as well as your expertise—the “how.” My hope is that through this process, you can hone in on your mission and live a more meaningful and impactful life.

Click here to read Part 2: God’s Heart for Mission

Categories

Related Thoughts

No Comments

  1. […] 15-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) Finding and living out our mission isn’t just something we do because it makes our lives more […]

  2. Start With Why - Joshua Hook July 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    […] 15-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear […]

  3. The Why Block - Joshua Hook July 12, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    […] 15-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In the previous blog post, we talked about the importance of finding your “why”, and […]

  4. […] 15-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In the next few posts, we will walk through some exercises designed to help you clarify your […]

  5. […] 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In this blog post, we will explore an exercise that can help you discover and clarify your […]

  6. […] 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In this blog post, we will explore one final exercise to help you clarify your purpose: […]

  7. Explore the How - Joshua Hook July 18, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    […] 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) Now that we have spent some time exploring the “why” and our purpose in life, we are going to […]

  8. The How Block - Joshua Hook July 19, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In the last blog post, we talked about the importance of exploring your “how,” and developing […]

  9. […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In these next few posts, we will walk through some exercises designed to help you develop your […]

  10. […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In this blog post, I will walk you through an exercise that can help you discover your […]

  11. […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In this blog post, we will discuss another exercise that can help you discover and clarify your […]

  12. Practice that Works - Joshua Hook July 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In the last few blog posts, we have explored some exercises to help us identify an area of […]

  13. […] on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) We have covered a lot of ground in the past several posts. First, we talked about how to discover […]

  14. 5 Keys to Saying No - Joshua Hook January 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    […] you were asked to volunteer for something at church or work. It’s not really in your area of purpose or expertise, but it’s a good thing, and the need is there. So you don’t say no, which […]

  15. The Weakness Finder - Joshua Hook February 28, 2018 at 7:33 am - Reply

    […] about our most common and pressing problems, such as our physical health, emotional well-being, work and career, and spiritual life. There’s no plumber or mechanic to call for these issues. Life just doesn’t […]

  16. Don't Lose Your Why - Joshua Hook February 18, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    […] said that he who knows his why can bear almost any how. I think he’s right. If we have a clear mission, purpose, and reason for living, we can withstand quite a lot. Human beings are remarkably […]

  17. […] your calling can be difficult. I know a lot of people who struggle with work, vocation, and finding meaning in their lives. People have a lot of questions about this. For […]

  18. […] think there is an important lesson we can take from this movie, especially if you are struggling in your career or having trouble finding meaningful work. Sometimes if you are having difficulty finding a […]

  19. […] of us struggle to figure out our purpose in life. We long to live full, meaningful lives, but our reality often falls short. We might feel like […]

Leave A Comment Cancel reply

Subscribe To My Newsletter

Join my mailing list to receive the latest blog posts.

Receive my e-book “The Mental Health Toolkit” for free when you subscribe.