Do You Have a Life Message?

Here’s why it matters…

Corporate-speak uses terms like “Mission Statement,” “Vision,” and “Values,” but when it comes to us, we don’t often think in terms of having a personal life message. In my work consulting with visionary leaders I deal with it all the time, but when it comes to normal, everyday people, not many understand the importance of having a message. But as some have said, “Your message is your life.”

Why do we need a message?
If we’re going to stand out in today’s cluttered, distracted world.
If we’re going to get noticed.
If you have expertise or information people need.
If you want to be promoted, have influence, or change anyone’s life, you need to be known for something.
What are you most passionate about? Where is your expertise? What are the issues you spend most of your time wrestling with?

Think of it as an epitaph. What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want engraved on your headstone?

If we asked a handful of famous people, here’s what they might say about their own life message:
Confucius – Life is simple, not complicated.
Gandhi – Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Pastor Jack Hayford – Understand the power of worship.
Henry David Thoreau – Slow down. Start observing.
John Wooden – Make each day your masterpiece.
Richard Branson – Live life to the limits.
Seth Godin – Be remarkable.
Tony Robbins – Live life with passion.
Walt Disney – Dream big.

With me it would be “Be unique.” Billy Graham is known for salvation, John Maxwell for leadership, and Joel Osteen for hope.

What will you be known for?

We all know that actions speak louder than words, so who you are matters far more than what you do. Think about it today. Your message can help define your career and calling, focus people’s perceptions about you, and determine your legacy, so it’s not something to take lightly.

What are your thoughts about the importance of a life message?

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  • Blake Henry

    Great question. I think everyone should have a personal mission statement and we should update it every year. Thanks for the tip!

  • Karen Covell

    Phil,

    To encourage you in your paragraph about having a LIFE MESSAGE:

    Jim and I have a FAMILY MOTTO:
    NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER

    And
    we have a mission statement for the two of us. It’s our life message.
    We are here for three things only. And once we knew that, it became
    much freer for us to turn down speaking engagements, events and other
    distractions that didn’t have to do with those three things. That then
    opened up more opportunities for us in the realm of our LIfe Message:
    1. To spread the word that Hollywood is the world’s most influential mission field and we need the church to embrace it.
    2.
    To live out and share our deeply committed belief that PRAYER is
    powerful and life-changing and has to come before EVERYTHING else.
    3.
    Inspire others to talk about Jesus without freaking out, to feel
    comfortable with life-style evangelism and to know three stories: Their
    Story, Our Story and God’s Story.

    That’s it. That’s all we know and all we have to offer.