Your mission (should you choose to accept it)...
Those with 'mission' as their top unrealised strength are looking for purpose and meaning in what they do with their lives. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they want to leave the corporate world and work with animals suddenly (but what an amazing thing to do)! Meaning and purpose can be found in all jobs. For many, ‘mission’ is the desire to know that the work they engage in has a positive impact on others.
People with mission as an unrealised strength do not automatically see this as a strength, perhaps believing that it’s a by-product of their values or work ethic. When ‘mission’ is uncovered as an unrealised strength, it can lead to powerful conversations about what the individual wants in life, where they see their career going and how the strength of mission can help them to achieve that.
Interestingly, it appears that people entering the workforce for the first time and now in pursuit of meaning and purpose, more than ever before. In a recent article for Forbes, Rodger Dean Duncan states that leaders are an integral part of supporting their staff in finding meaning.
“People find meaning when they see a clear connection between what they highly value and what they spend time doing. That connection is not always obvious, however. Leaders are in a great position to articulate the values a company is trying to enact and to shape the story of how today’s work connects with those values. This means sharing stories of how the company is making a difference for good in the lives of real people, including customers, employees, and communities”.
When does mission become a mission?
Mission comes from having a positive mindset. If you are not in the mindset, it is difficult to envisage a life and career with meaning and purpose.
Duncan indicates that “living with meaning and purpose is not easy. It may not make us happy in the moment. It requires self-reflection, effort, getting our hands dirty, and struggling with problems that can make us feel frustrated and inadequate”.
If you are not in the headspace where your career offers meaning and purpose, there are some tips to help you focus on the alternatives: