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Write A Personal Mission Statement to Achieve Your Goal More Easily

Write A Personal Mission Statement to Achieve Your Goal More Easily

As 2016 approaches, I bet you are fired up with those New Year Resolutions. You are going to be better, do things faster, achieve this and that. Well, I have bad news for you. In the long term, only 20% of you will actually keep to these resolutions and get results, according to one study done by University of Scranton researchers.

A much better idea is to write a personal mission statement. Now, before you groan inwardly and think of all those company mission statements you hear about in meetings, read on.

The idea is simple, effective, and puts New Year’s Resolutions in the shade. The main reason is that you are writing down for the record what you want to be. Think of what you will be like when you achieve it. Think about what you are like when you are at your best. Make a promise to yourself and keep it. If you are stuck for ideas you could read Stephen Covey’s bestselling book which is entitled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change

   Here are some examples to get you going.

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 “To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.” – Sir Richard Branson

“To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.”- Denise Morrison, CEO Campbell Soup

“My mission is to give, for giving is what I do best and I can learn to do better.” – Anonymous

“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I want to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am.” – Anonymous

There are some more great ideas here to help you build a personal mission statement if you are still stuck. Once you write your statement, you will experience these six benefits:

1. You’ll feel your life has a purpose

Whatever your role on this planet, whether you are a manager, husband, lover, or friend, the personal mission statement will be there to spur you on to do better. It is there in black and white and can help you to focus on achieving this goal and many others.

2. You’ll be able to do progress checks

It is a great tool to keep an eye on how much progress you are making when you come up against some tough life choices. How far or close are you to completing this one and moving on to the next? Without it, you might be floundering around in a sea of indecision.

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3. You’ll be much more productive

With that mission statement forming part of your daily mantra or if it is a post-it on your computer, you’ll find that you will be more productive. It really gives you a chance to get rid of a lot of the time wasting activities and being less distracted.

“In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying close attention.” – Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness

4. You’ll be more motivated

You know how you make excuses about certain obstacles or circumstances getting in your way? It is a great way to avoid completing a task or a deadline. Obstacles need to be pushed aside and not block your path to success. Your personal mission statement takes on much more importance and can help you stay more motivated.

5. You’ll be more focused on your talents

Remember when we said that an essential part of writing the statement is when you list all your talents and what you excel at doing? Skills, natural gifts and talents will now be to the forefront and there is no better way to self fulfillment. These are the ingredients in the mix which will be developed and grown for success, rather than left in the trash can of failure.

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6. You’ll be stronger when times get tough

When you have to face a break up or an unbearable boss, you may have to weather a few storms. Your personal mission statement will be there to give you a sense of stability in turbulent times.

Yes, circumstances change but your mission statement is still as valid as ever.

“There’s always another level up. There’s always another ascension. More grace, more light, more generosity, more compassion, more to shed, more to grow.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Featured photo credit: Day 148: the end of the line/ Bruce Guenter via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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