With classic understatement, Tom Hanks uttered these words in Apollo 13 when the ship was suffering from multiple system breakdowns threatening the life of all three astronauts. Five simple words that changed the focus of the mission from landing a man on the moon to getting our men home alive. With the new mission clearly defined, the team at NASA pulls together, improvises, and pushes the limits of every system on the Apollo 13 to get our men home safely.
When we’re clear about our mission, our goal, we can accomplish great things. It helps us focus our attention and our resources on what matters most. It helps us enlist the support of others. It gives us the energy to keep going when the going gets tough.
All too often, in our personal lives, our mission is muddled. We’re so busy pursuing society’s vision of success that we lose touch with what matters most to us. Because we’re disconnected from ourselves, we end up feeling confused and wondering is this all there is to life.
If this idea resonates with you, pause for a moment and consider what matters most to you. (If you need some help getting started, reach out to us and inquire about our Life Priorities™ exercise, our process designed to help you get in touch with your most important desires.)
Because if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s impossible to focus your wealth on how to get there.