We’ve made a lot of decisions in the Ownership process so far. Will we embrace the process and be all in? Will we let our pasts shape us into Heroes or Villains? Will we let go of old lies that hold us back from healthy creative futures? Ownership is all about the choices we make about what kind of creative people we want to become; no decision is more important than determining your Mission and Motivator.
Your Mission is the driving force behind your creative efforts, the deep desire that you can’t escape. It’s fueled by your creative dreams, drawing on your inner passions to spur you into greater creative advance. It's what motivates your creative work. Mission gives you the energy and will to keep returning to your creative expression time again, regardless of how hard the process may be.
As you clarify your Mission, it gives you an endgame to pursue throughout your creative journey. It helps narrow your focus and gives you a clear purpose to work towards in your creative growth. Your Mission draws your focus from a million options down to a central point. Instead of scattering creative efforts like buckshot in hopes of hitting your target, you can focus in like a sniper, aiming at new creative goals and seeing them come to fruition.
How do you start to clarify your Mission? The first step is to understand the things that you are passionate about. What makes you excited? What topics bring tears to your eyes? Pay attention to things that stir intense reactions for you, both good and bad, since these are indicators of where your true passions lie. Look for the patterns in your passions, and the places where your creative dreams intersect with your creative talents. Find the convergence, and you’ll find your Mission.
Action: Make a list of things that move real emotions in you. What do you love? What do you hate? What things bring you joy. Write them down, and look for the patterns that appear among them. Now compare these passions with your creative talents/skills, and look for the intersection points.
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in the South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative outlets; when she isn’t making art or writing, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!