A number of years ago I read a quote from George Washington Carver that had a profound impact on me. He said, “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out without leaving behind his/her distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”
So the question is: are we just passing through or are we being intentional and on purpose. What is your why? Author Simon Sinek wrote a bestseller titled, “Start with Why.” The business world terminology is “mission statement,” and the religious and spiritual world refers to it as “Your calling.” Whichever term you select, I ask you this: do you have one? Do you have something that is clear and meaningful to you?
Some of us go to work daily, interact with family, interact with friends. We are in the PEOPLE BUSINESS, we are in a world of PEOPLE. So, I ask you, “What are your reasons?” I came across a template a number of years ago, that includes two main components to developing the statement:
To (your contribution) so that (your impact).
Getting personal, I will share mine with you.
To intentionally connect and add value to select individuals, so that my influence will help grow and become all they can be.
As you can see it is a simple format. I urge you to try it, and then be intentional about living it out.