What does it mean to align your mission? Simply it means that you have done your work around two things: clarified your vision and set a strategic course of action to attain your goals. That’s the definition of mission: targeted vision being carried out with specific goals and measurables. When leaders fail to define the vision, or really get clear on where they are going, they fail to take the right action. This leads to not only ineffective management style, but stunted organizational culture and decreased productivity.
To get clear on your vision, spend some time mining out, rediscovering, or clarifying what you are most passionate about. Journaling, using a mastermind group, or visioneering can be helpful processes to help you focus, and get clear on your vision. Once you have gotten clear on your vision, now you are ready to map out specific, measurable, and incremental steps to achieve your goals. You must break the larger vision into benchmarks of success along the way. This is then your mission, to follow the roadmap you have laid out, because you are clear on where you are going, each benchmark reinforcing, and reminding you why your doing what you’re doing: because it’s what your passionate about and part of who you are.