Now that you have a detailed vision for your life, it’s time to compile your core values in order to develop a personal mission statement.
I’m currently reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and this part of the Design Your Life Series is influenced by the chapter on Habit 2. The focus of habit 2 is “begin with the end in mind.” In the chapter, Covey discusses how to draft a personal mission statement based on principles that are most important to you. Overall it’s a great read and I encourage you to read it if you have not.
A personal mission statement is basically a creed that provides a birds eye view of your life or the life you want. I decided this was the perfect follow up to part 1, because often when completing life visioning you will notice trends in your desires. When I conducted the process the overall themes for me were health, mindfulness, and love. In every area of my life those components were the underlying thread of what I wanted.
How to: revisit your life vision, notice any words you repeat or patterns you notice. From the vision you created answer the following questions: Based on this vision, what values are most important to me? What areas of life do I find most significant? If I could describe my life in a few sentences what would that be?
Now that you have answered those questions it should be fairly easy to develop a personal mission statement. You can create it in paragraph form, a few short sentences, or just a quick blurb of the life you want. For Example, I desire to have a well rounded healthy, active lifestyle. I want to spend my time serving others and cultivating relationships grounded in truth and love. I will devote time to my family, friends and personal development. I will take care of myself with the same generosity that I give to others. I will always make time for having fun and engaging in creative endeavors. I will share my successes and failures to those around me in hopes of helping others with their own progression.
If you feel like creating a personal mission statement is too intimidating, just focus on the year 2018. You can still revisit your life vision and develop a mantra based on the year.
Be on the lookout for Part III: Free Yourself
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