I’m in one of these places now. During this time of trial I’m trying to re-evaluate. One way I’m doing this is to work on my mission statement. What is a mission statement you ask?
There are different forms of mission statements. Some are career focused and identify where you want to be and who you are. They give a company an idea of the person they are hiring. Others are more personalized. They take steps towards showing your personality and where you want to see your life.
This second type is what I’m working on. It is helping me identify what I want out of life. I’m working to identify my accomplishments and how I view success. This aids in presenting a guide of sorts towards my next move.
I came to develop my mission statement through the help of Randall S Hansen’s 5-step Plan. This works us through different stages and eventually allowing you to make a short but precise mission statement.
Today, I want to talk about step 1. Each time I post, I’ll take you a little further into identifying the important parts to creating your mission statement.
Step 1 talks about identifying our past successes. For each person, success is different. For me to truly answer this question, I had to first decide what success meant for me. Success is personal. Money is not success. Status is not success My character is my success and the recognition of whom I am and what I stand for is success! Allowing my life to embody these traits every day is success and carrying my family along is success. Going to bed at night in love, with happy children and a smile on my face is success!
I want you to take time to think and decide what success means to you! After you’ve done this, list 5 of your past success’.
For example purposes my success’ are listed as:
1. Moving to South Africa: it took courage and required me to step out of my conmfort zone and walk out on a limb. I dreamed about it, worked towards it and jumped.
2. Giving natural birth: this required a state of mind. It took family support, it took faith in God, and it pushed the limits I had set for my body.
3. Moving into our own home: strengthened our marriage. It allowed for mistakes but learning as well. It takes patience, dedication and discipline I was not sure we had at the time.
4. Learning Afrikaans: I am still learning, however, this takes patience. It means I have to be able to put myself out there and be able to laugh at myselt.
5. Creating my blog: this required me to put myself out there again. It opened up a door for not only understanding but ridicule as well. I stretch my creativity and my openness towards others.
The second part of identifying your successes is to look for a common theme between these. Sometimes there may be more than one theme. Simply you want to see what attribute do all of your accomplishments embody.
For me, they all show me pushing the boundaries I had created for myself and allowing for a sense of creativity in my own decision making. They also show me creating independence and self-realization as well as developing courage I didn’t know I had!
I know it seems like such a simple step but it will open doors to how you see yourself. It will allow a foundation for the upcoming steps!
I would love to hear about your self-accomplishments! Feel free to share them below so we can encourage each other! What is your greatest accomplishment?
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