When Samuel, the Prophet-Priest-Judge, anointed a young David to be King of Israel. You can assume David had no idea it would take over twenty years for reality to catch up with him. How could he have predicted becoming a captain of 400 men at the Cave of Adullam on his journey? Creating vision and mission statements is an essential step in any endeavour. These statements help to shape a sense of direction. Helping you to define where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. However, once you’ve established your mission, it’s critical to let it take you wherever it may.
Mark Zuckerberg’s journey with Facebook, now Meta, is a testament to this principle. When he started the company in 2004, he could not have foreseen the incredible growth and evolution of the platform. From its early days on desktop computers to its current dominance on mobile devices, Zuckerberg has constantly adapted to meet the changing needs of his audience. Now, with the concept of the metaverse, he is pushing the boundaries of what we thought was possible with social media. Your strategy and direction must be driven by your mission. Why you do what you do may not change, but how you do it will evolve.
The lesson here is clear: if you allow your mission to guide you, it can lead you to places you never imagined. It may even take you to places you do not want to go. It will demand that you learn new skills and broaden your knowledge base. Additionally, it will call for you to cooperate with people who share your vision and build new partnerships. But, there can be huge benefits to remaining faithful to your mission. It can result in personal development, professional success, and a sense of purpose that will help you get through even the most difficult challenges. Make sure your mission and vision statements are clear. Commit to letting them lead the way.