As Christmas and New Year approach, it is the perfect time for us to review our 2018 and plan for 2019!
Planning for future can be a daunting task if we don’t already know who we really are and what we really want. That is what we are going to tackle in this blog through a process called “self-discovery”.
It is through self-discovery that we learn to understand our thoughts, desires, motivation, and purpose in life. Without that understanding, it will be like trying to find a restaurant in Detroit while holding a map of New York City. We will only end up getting lost no matter how fast we walk. It’s also like trying so hard to climb to the top of a ladder only to find out that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall the whole time.
According to Stephen R. Covey, the Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a Personal Mission Statement is like a personal constitution. It is “a written standard, the key criterion by which everything else is evaluated and directed.”
I suggest that once we write it down, we read it, review it, and update it regularly. It will give us a sense of clarity in life, and help us stay true to who we are. Stephen put it nicely, he says that “it is the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives. It empowers individuals with the same timeless strength in the midst of change.”
I have written my personal mission statement and will share it here with you, in the hope that it will inspire you to write yours too. I wrote most of them but I also borrowed some from elsewhere.
Just remember that everybody’s personal mission statement will be unique both in content and format. And because it takes time to develop a personal mission statement, it is okay if you can’t finish it in one go.