We all think about the big things we would like to accomplish in life. But most of us never write them down. Talk to successful people, and they will tell you they put their goals, values, and beliefs in writing and use them as a road map to make their dreams come true. That is why a personal mission statement is a wonderful way to clarify what you really want in life.
Just like those used by businesses to guide and define the purpose of their existence and identify core values and beliefs, your statement represents your values, dreams, and purpose. It is your foundation. Ultimately it comes down to what you want in your life and how you want to live it. Your statement describes how you see yourself in the future. It describes your hopes and dreams and evokes a sense of achievement and fulfillment.
Your statement, just like those used by a business, should be one that guides and inspires you. It gets you to think concretely about what you want to achieve in your lifetime. It acts like a ruler which you can measure your current reality and your progress. Your day-to-day actions and behaviors should be guided by your statement.
Why is creating one so important to achieving your dreams? It helps to clarify the goals that are necessary to making your dreams a reality. Ask yourself, what actions do you have to take to be in sync with your statement?
It should be written with positive language. In other words, write about what you want to do rather than what you do not want. Steven Covey has a good idea on getting started: Think ahead to your 80th birthday or to your 50th wedding anniversary and imagine what all of your friends and family will be saying about you. Write your thoughts down and you will begin forming your ideas.
Also ask yourself the following:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What legacy do I want to leave?
- What do I want to stand for?
- What is my purpose?
- What do I value?
- What do I want to be known for?
If you want to achieve your dreams, take the time to write a personal mission statement. Then put it where you can read it on a regular basis to stay inspired. It will keep you moving in the right direction. It will help keep your eye on the prize, even when challenges and obstacles try to derail you. Take the action necessary to make your statement a reality.
Allyson Spellman- “The Breakthrough Muse” is a success coach, speaker, and an expert on breakthroughs to success that motivate and inspire individuals worldwide. Her proven techniques for elevating personal and professional achievement refresh, recharge, and renew the way one can achieve greatness, no matter what!
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