Your better life requires a mission, a vision, a strategy, and core values. A mission for your life gives you a purpose. A vision for your life gives you a reason. A strategy for your life gives you a plan. And core values for your life give you bearings.
The previous two posts focused on the core values for your better life.
This post discusses your mission in the Philosophy for LYF.
Your life's mission is twofold: grow true wealth for yourself and give true worth to others. Your mission, in essence, creates true value throughout your life both for yourself and for others.
“Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”
From your true value comes your success.
True wealth is the goodness of your true self, stripped of all monetary and material possessions you may have. It is the value you carry around within you. Your true wealth includes valuables such as your wisdom, your skills, your belief in yourself, and your joys.
True worth is the goodness you give to others. True worth is given in many ways, such as the wisdom you share, the kindness you show, and the lending of a hand to someone in need. Giving true worth is what makes your life truly worthy.
Your life’s mission revolves around growing true wealth and giving true worth. Growing true wealth and giving true worth are intertwined life-time partners that define your overarching purpose in life, set boundaries on what you live for, serve as the priorities in your life, and encompass both your own self and others in the world. Growing true wealth and giving true worth occur when you do deeds of goodness (LRN LAF LUV LIV).
This mission is constant throughout your life, from cradle to grave. Your emphasis and ability may change and evolve, as may your personal passions and purposes, in your different stages of life. But your life’s mission does not change.
Growing true wealth and giving true worth can feed each other. Your acts of growing true wealth give you the valuables to give true worth. And giving true worth provides and enhances your opportunities grow true wealth. And neither diminishes the other’s value. This is the wealth-worth win-win.
These two ways of creating true value act like the save-earn model. The more you save, the more you can earn in interest from those savings if you invest it properly, which allows you to save more and earn more. Likewise, the more true wealth you have, the more opportunities you will have to offer it to others. And the more true worth you give, the more opportunities you have to grow true wealth. Wealth-worth begets wealth-worth.
The wealth-worth win-win works when you do both growing and giving. True wealth never shared with others is worthless wealth. When you die, all of your true wealth dies with you. It vanishes, never to reappear. Worthless wealth often accumulates in individuals who are selfish and self-centered.
You can do some goodness to others without being good to yourself. You can put on a smile for others when on the inside you are frowning. You can be an around-the-clock caregiver on limited sleep. But the giving will not be sustainable. Neglecting yourself limits your ability to give true worth. For a full and long life of giving true worth and experiencing an elevated life, you must make sure you remain a viable value creator and contributor to the world.
You will never be perfect and will always need to grow true wealth. This should never stop you from performing both concurrently throughout your life as we all have the capacity to grow true wealth and give true worth no matter where we are in life.