What Do the Upcoming U.S. Elections Mean for Mission Entrepreneurs?

Obama vs. Romney 2012The Republican National Convention just wrapped up last night rallying support for their man Mitt Romney. At the other extreme, the Democrats are on deck next week to try to reup Obama for another four years.

What's Your Passion?

Buzzword Bingo: PassionWe've become a feel-good nation. Or at least, it seems that way. I hear a lot of people talking about doing what makes you happy. I've been told that many times over the years, and to be honest, have given that advice as well.

But the more I think about it, I'm not sure that's really the test for setting our direction through life. And especially not making it the focus of our missions.

Undertaking a mission can be a grueling process, much of which doesn't fall within most people's definitions of happiness. Like the struggle to support oneself and sustain a mission when every dollar is tied up in a half-baked idea to make a difference for someone -- even when who, what or how isn't always clear, or the way you'd intended it to be.

Don't get me wrong. Happiness is important. It should be high on everyone's list.

But a lot of things can make us happy, and picking just one to the exclusion of others can sometime lead to the opposite result -- unhappiness.

Instead, I suggest the fuel for your mission must be passion. Because only passion will get you through the ups and downs and keep you going long after others would have stopped.

How Do We Change the Status Quo?

Change Jam QuestionsChangemakers want to make a difference. They see something that doesn't sit right with them, and they try to do something about it.

But in order to avoid being like the little Dutch boy who stuck his fingers in the holes in the dike in hopes of averting a catastrophe, we need to look beneath the surface to understand what's going on that's causing the things we want to fix, and address the causes that make them that way.

Is the Weight of the New World on Your Shoulders?

Your job, if you choose to accept it, is to help build a New World -- one brick at a time. That brick is the contribution your inner voice is calling you to make.

However large, however small, no one can add it but you. But without it, the foundation of that world will be a little weaker and more prone to crumbling under the onslaught of those who want to maintain the status quo, or to impose a distorted view of how things should be.

It's a daunting task, overwhelming even. Not to mention the weight of responsibility that comes with it.

What if you fail? Oh my God! All is lost.

You'll not only let down yourself and all those others who are depending on you to do your part. You'll be letting God down as well.

Well, isn't that how you feel? That the weight of the New World is on your shoulders and that you wonder if you'll be up to the task before you?

Get over it.

What does community have to do with your mission?

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You may be working for a better tomorrow, but that work doesn't happen in a vacuum. Social impact is not something that we push off to an uncertain future; it is what happens in the here and now when we bring our best to the moment.

Nowhere is that more important than when considering the issue of community, your impact upon it, as well as its effect upon you, your life and service.

I'm not talking about bringing together those you serve in some kumbaya activity that allows them to draw on each other's strengths and add support in areas of weakness.

Neither am I speaking about connecting with other servers who are also adding their contribution, whatever the form it may take.

These are both extremely important to the mission entrepreneur, and I highly recommend you remain open to both possibilities in making a difference.

Today, however, let's look instead at community on a slightly broader scale -- the locale in which you live, and the issues those who live there confront in their daily affairs.

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