The new year is upon us and many of us have made or are in the process of making our new year’s resolutions. It is a means of putting things in perspective, accomplishing our goals, and bettering ourselves, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. Many items on our list are repeated from last year’s list because somewhere along the line we stumbled, we gave up, we got too busy, we got lazy, and did not accomplish those things we promised ourselves we would when the year commenced. It happens to the best of us.
Businesses and organizations have mission statements that helps them clearly outline what their overall purpose is as an entity. Similarly, in order for us as individuals to really get a grasp on who we are, what we are about, and why we are taking up space on this precious earth, we also need to tap into ourselves and find out what our mission is in life.
Not to be a party pooper, however, I am not a fan of new year’s resolutions. Why? They are not generally holistic, approach-wise. For example, lose twenty pounds by the end of the year. That’s good, and it’s very much achievable, however, it does not give the big picture. Why did you gain the weight in the first place, how has it affected your life, how will losing the weight impact you and he people around you. I believe when you make resolutions, you need to be as detailed as possible. What will the process look like? This will not only motivate you, but will help you achieve and maintain that goal.
Personal mission statements are a guiding for for your life. They provide clarity for your reason for living and gives you a sense of purpose.
In order to accomplish your resolutions successfully, you need to have a comprehensive idea of what you want your life to look like and what you are about. Hence, your personal mission statement. Businesses and organizations have mission statements that help them clearly outline what their overall purpose is as an entity. Similarly, in order for us as individuals to really get a grasp on who we are, what we are about, and why we are taking up space on this precious earth, we also need to tap into ourselves and find out what our mission is in life. Personal mission statements are a guiding for your life. They provide clarity for your reason for living and gives you a sense of purpose.
I know that depending on the nature of the resolution, it may have absolutely nothing to do with your mission statement. For example, you may resolve to stop chewing gum so you won’t develop another cavity. Whether or not you choose to chew less gum won’t have an effect on a mission statement like: “To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.” (Amanda Steinberg, Founder of Dailyworth.com) However, for those life-altering, self-development type of resolutions, a personal mission statement will come in handy.
My Personal Mission Statement: To use my talents and resources to motivate myself and others to live to our best potential. To promote the importance of working together so we can become better as individuals, as a community, and as a world.
Personal mission statements ask these four key questions:
What are my core values?
Finding out your core values simply means knowing what represents your beliefs. These are the principles you always fall back on no matter what.
What impact do you want to make in this world?
We live in an imperfect world and if the world was a department store it would always have a “Help Wanted” sign posted on its front door. If you were filling out a job application on how you can impact the world and make it a better place, what would you put? What skills can you offer the world to make it a better place?
What truly makes you happy?
Your happiness should be at the fore front of most of your decision-making processes. I say most because there are times where other people’s happiness should come before yours. That topic will be discussed in a later post. I recently wrote an article about self-love which exemplifies how loving yourself is an important ingredient to your happiness.
However, most of all when you are making a personal mission statement that will be a guiding force in your life, your happiness should definitely be one of the major considerations. When do you find yourself doing that makes you the happiest? Sometimes we actually have to think about what makes us happy. So put your thinking cap on and figure it out.
What do you want your life to look like?
Does this question have you stumped? Yep, it’s another question that takes some thought. What exactly do you want your life to look like? Well in order to help you answer that I will ask some questions to get your thinking? These may not be the questions you ask yourself but it will give you an idea of how to come to a conclusion.
Is the job you are in what you want your life to look like?
Is your current financial situation what you want your life to look like?
Is the community you live in what you want your life to look like?
Is the family structure you currently have what you want your life to look like?
Is your current circle of friends what you want your life to look like?
Etc. Etc. Etc….
You get where I’m going with this? If you have already made your resolutions, no problem! If you are not big into resolutions? No problem. However, whatever category you fall into, having a personal mission statement is integral putting things into perspective and living a purposeful life.