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Much earlier in my career, I was hired into a position as a Clinical Committee Coordinator in the County Social Service System. I quickly identified the gaps in services for emotionally ill children with severe issues and then collaborated with a team to develop a plan to launch a variety of programs for this underserved population.

These newly developed programs would put expectations on the existing programs in the community.  To put it bluntly, the employees in the existing agencies would have to CHANGE the way they operated.  As you can imagine, this change was not welcomed with open arms.  Any changes made in any workplace are rarely welcomed with open arms.  I definitely felt the pressure since all responsibility on these changes was placed directly on me.

This was a very stressful time for me.  The employees’ unhappiness in the workplace was extremely palpable. Although I knew this was a positive change for the organization and the absolute right thing to do, there were times during my workdays where it began to wear on me.

There was one thing that helped me get through this stressful period in my career—

my personal mission. During the rough times, I would repeat to myself that I was making this change for the children. I was willing to put up with the difficult employees and keep pushing forward because it was the right thing to do for the kids.  I was capable of handling these impossible situations if it meant that those children would receive the care that they needed.

Believing in my personal mission guided me through this experience. It enabled me to handle the long days of work and deal with the stress in a positive manner. I believed in my heart that this was what I was meant to do and that it was my responsibility to make it happen. I knew that I could handle just about anything if it meant that these changes in the services would be implemented in the county.

Everyone, at some point in their life, hits a snag in their career. Over the long haul, every career has its ups and downs.  There are days, weeks and sometimes months that can feel like an uphill battle. However, one of the ways you can combat this stress and become resilient in your work life is to have a work personal mission.

So my question to you is, what’s YOUR personal mission?  What is it that encourages you to come to work focused and energized everyday? What belief do you have down deep that keeps you centered in your life?  If you manage a team or an organization, not only is your own personal mission important, but also each employees.  Do you know what they are?

Your personal mission is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to work resilience.  It drives you in the good times and keeps you afloat in the bad.  Don’t waste another day without getting clear on your personal mission.

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