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4 Steps to Unleashing the Power of Your Personal Mission Statement

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You may have come across many different types of statements in your life. But there is no statement more important than your personal mission statement. It is the statement that defines who you are; it is your “personal brand”. If you have not heard of it before, it is in short, 1-5 sentences that describe your values and aspirations.

Writing a personal mission statement is a habit adopted by many successful people and if you want to be successful, you should do it as well. It guides your daily decisions, as well as provides you with a vision for the future.

In this article, I want to show you how to use this hack which once employed, will change your life. This is regardless of whether or not you have written a personal mission statement.

Step 1: Write your personal mission statement

If you have already written one, feel free to skip this step. If not, I want you to block out some time this week (around 1-2 hours) to work on this.

Writing your personal mission statement mainly revolves around asking yourself 4 questions:

  • What is important to you?
  • Regarding that thing that is important to you, what do you aspire to achieve?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Afterward, summarise them into 1-5 sentences (no strict restrictions), which will be your personal mission statement. 

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Step 2: Determine your goals every week

Right now, I want you to divide your life into its main areas (eg. Family, work, church). These areas are up to you to decide. You may want to split up “work” into further categories if you are involved in many different types of work. From here, set a few long-term goals for each area of your life. You should be referring to your personal mission statement when setting those goals. Remember to set SMART goals.

Please note that the long-term goal does not have to be of a certain time period. This is because each of your goals differs in magnitude; some take months, others take years to fulfill. The length of these goals is up to your discretion.

Once you have done so, pick one long-term goal from each area that you want to focus on. Then, break down this long-term goal into short-term goals. These short-term goals must be short enough to be achievable in one week. Note that you may want to split the long-term goal more than once if it is too large.

After you have done this for all the different areas of your life, you will usually realize that all your goals added together are impossible to accomplish in a week. From here, prioritize and cut down on the goals such that it becomes manageable. You should account for unexpected disruptions in your schedule.

Now, if you aren’t sure what is manageable for you, don’t worry. Just set the goals first. Step 4 will help you adjust your goals for the weeks to come.

As for unexpected disruptions, you may want to use the Eisenhower Matrix to decide what to do with the task at hand. Whether or not the task is important should be based on your goals for that week.

Side note: Once you have finished a particular long-term goal, then you can move on to the next long-term goal that you have set. In that way, you are as focused as possible.

Step 3: Cut off all irrelevant tasks

Each week when planning your week, don’t just decide what you are going to do, decide what you are not going to do as well. There are 2 types of tasks that are irrelevant. The first type is tasks that are important, but not the most important. You may not have time for these.

For example, if you want to focus more on your family that week, note down that you aren’t going to stay at work past a certain time.

The second type of irrelevant tasks is otherwise known as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For this type of tasks, you know that they are irrelevant, yet you can’t help wasting time on them.

What I highly recommend to combat these time wasters is to first make a list of them. This helps you to be aware of all the time-wasters (and potential ones too). Then, for every single time waster, explain and type out all the reasons why you will not embark on them.

Yes, I know it takes quite some time to do that. However, it will all be worth the hard work. When I write down the reasons not to watch YouTube, I unknowingly convince myself not to watch it while writing those reasons down. For writing these reasons down, I find it easiest to find reasons immediately after wasting time on YouTube. This may be something you want to try out.

Keep those reasons with you most of the time (eg. On your phone) so that whenever you are tempted to embark on a time-waster, you can look at the whole chain of reasons. Time wasters can rob you of immense amounts of time which could instead be spent living out your personal mission statement.

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.” – Myles Munroe 

Step 4: Check in each week to review your progress

I recommend setting aside around 30-45 minutes each week (preferably on the same day) to review the progress of your personal mission statement. During this block of time, review how well you have aligned with your personal mission statement.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What were my goals this week? (This helps to remind yourself of your goals.)
  • How well did I meet those goals? Have I focused too much on one aspect of my life as opposed to another?
  • Do I need to readjust my goals? (Always keep your personal mission statement in mind)
  • Do I need to spend more/less time on one (or more) aspect (s) of my life to meet my goals?

When you keep doing this, you will eventually hit a zone where you are meeting most (if not all) of your goals every week. You know that if you can meet your weekly goals, and you do that for every week, you will meet your monthly goals. And sooner or later, your yearly goals. And then your life goal (personal mission statement).

I want you to note that it is not easy to do so. Especially when there is a change in the environment, where you need to recalibrate some habits/goals (eg. A new job). It requires persistence and a strong conviction in your beliefs.

However, if you persevere and soldier on, you will eventually lead the life that you have always hoped for.

What is your personal mission statement? I would really want to hear from you!

Nathanael Siew is the founder of the personal development website Wise Living Today, a website aimed at inspiring people to see the world through a lens of hope. With in-depth content and fresh insights, his articles empower readers to live a more meaningful and effective life. Get your FREE handbook + checklist on “The 9-Step Guide to Applying ANY Advice in your Life”!

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Life is a battleground, we need to keep fighting until our appointed time on earth comes. So, in this post, you will see the best of the best life tips you have never heard before. These tips are life-changing and can change you immediately. Let’s go!

1. Be independent 

Hundreds of millions of people make this mistake. We depend on people like us. “he will get it done for me, she will get it done for me”. You rely heavily on people and guess what, you are making a big mistake. 

There are a lot of people that have helped others and perhaps time changes for them, they become poor and rely on the people they have helped, guess what comes out at the end of this reliance? Disappointment, promises backed by failures, etc. 

Who are you depending on? Who is that person you can’t do without when getting things in your life done? If there is anyone, you are making a big mistake. And starting today, all you have to do is add a prefix – what if!

What if my friend stops helping me, what if I get disappointed by people I trust with my life, what if they neglect me and turn me down”.

A man or woman that depends on people like him is equal to a feeble pillar holding the four corners of a house. What happens when the feeble pillar falls? The man’s house falls down super-flat. Your trust should only be in Jesus. Man can fail us at any time but God is always faithful till his Kingdom comes. 

2. Love your neighbor as yourself 

The gravity of this word is enough to shatter the whole earth into pieces. 

Only if the whole world just kept this simple commandment Christ Jesus gave then, there will be no murders, poverty, greediness, anger, envy, betrayal, disappointment, etc. 

Why are there such things in the world? Because we hate ourselves. As long as you are fine all is well. You care about yourself only, selfish, you have and yet you cannot give. 

Those are the characteristics of over 90% of the 7.6 billion humans on earth. Why can’t you do to others what you would have them do to you? Why can’t you help that suffering neighbor who needs food? Then, a lot of people will say 

“Go away from here beggar, what did you do with your youth, I can’t give you a dime, beggar”. Why are we so cruel? This is the best tip you must dear to your heart. 

No matter what you have, no matter how little or in whatever way you can help. Help people, show them love, love them as you love yourself. Don’t forget this, today’s beggar, uneducated, debtor, poor person, etc can later become the greatest person in the world tomorrow. 

“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.” — Ashton Kutcher

3. Have a growth mindset

A growth mindset is what makes one successful and go far in life. However, a fixed and stagnated mindset throws one into jeopardy of life.

A lot of people have a fixed mindset, what they believe is what they believe, nothing you say on earth can change their mindset, they are the most educated in the world so they don’t need to learn any further. Did you have a fixed or growth mindset?

A growth mindset leads to success, achievements, happiness, learning more, and becoming better. On the other hand, a fixed mindset leads to complacency, pride, lack of achievement, ignorance, the stagnancy of the mind, etc. 

Let’s see an example of someone with a fixed mindset:

Cait tells Alice: Alice stop being so proud it’s annoying. 

And Alice responds:

“How dare you say I am proud, I am not. I am the most humble woman on earth”. In the example, Alice with a fixed mindset has a fixed mindset. However, what she does not know is that she is in the darkness of her ignorance. She is ignorant of the fact that she is a proud person thus, she can’t see it. 

People with a fixed mindset are ignorant. You must never have a fixed mindset. Always be willing to learn and to grow with humility. Pride can take you nowhere. 

4. Forgive everyone and give as many second chances as you can  

A lot of people have done all they could to be happy and have peace. But, they find out that happiness is not just there and that peace of mind is absent. 

Why is that? It is because you have a lot of grudge against people that have offended you. Yes, we know, it pained you to your heart, and what next? Keep malice? But, do you know what that unforgiveness does to you?

I call it the seed of unforgiveness because it plants a seed in your heart and this seed further grows to become hatred, depression, lack of freedom, zero peace, etc. 

If in only one person’s heart are all these things, then a person like that can never know peace and happiness. For example, if you were to go to a party with your friends and you hear that perhaps the other friend that you keep malice with is coming to the same party. 

Naturally, the only thing you would think of is not going to the party anymore because you want to avoid the person at all costs. And what does that add to you? It doesn’t add instead, it subtracts from your life because you could have gone to the party, had fun, and even have new friends or even new opportunities.

If not for anything will you forgive people, forgive them for the sake of God, for the sake of Christ Jesus. Because if you cannot forget the trespass of people, don’t expect God to forgive you. Forgive everyone, give them as many second chances as possible. 

Mind you, they can still mess up and make terrible mistakes all you have to do is keep forgiving them. This may not be so easy to the flesh. However, it is only The Spirit of God that can make you forgive the trespass of people. Without The Holy Spirit, it is impossible to do so. 

5. Love God

Do you love God? Are you a child of God? Do you believe in Christ Jesus? Even if the rest of the tips on these lists do not resonate with you, I want you to hold this very important to your heart which is to Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

And you can do that only by being a child of God. This life is too short. It is like a vapor, it is nothing. Life is more like an empty barrel that makes noise. You will grow old, your strength will leave you and you will die but, what happens after that? Where are you going to spend the rest of your eternity? 

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