I should confess, I am one of those people who just love to postpone things. OK, maybe not exactly love, but I keep doing it anyway. All the time! Creating a personal mission statement has definitely been one of those things. I first heard about it almost a year ago by Jennifer from The Intentional Mom blog. She has written a lot about how important it is to write down a personal mission statement. And even though she’s one of the people I trust most with such things, I kept putting it off again and again. I also couldn’t help thinking “Why would I need a mission statement? I know what I want. I know what I need. I don’t have to waste time writing it down.” I knew that at some point I was probably going to write my mission statement, but it definitely wasn’t among my priorities.
So, what happened? A couple of months ago I hit a bump in the road. That bump was my lack of productivity, inspiration and most of all – direction! There I stood in our two-bedroom appartment, day after day, feeling absolutely stuck! Oh, I knew what I wanted very well! I even knew what I needed to do in order to get it! But I wasn’t doing anything! Why?!
Because I had taken on too much. I was overwhelmed.
I wanted to be a blogger, to learn web design, to learn Russian, to be the perfect mom, wife, friend, to become an enterpreneur…. I get overwhelmed even listing those things. And if that wasn’t enough, I also wanted to have time to read, to relax every once in a while and to cook delicious healthy food. Oh, boy… I think that’s all. Or at least, that’s all the priorities I had listed in my head. Will it come as a surprise if I tell you that I failed at every single one of them!
I failed at every single one of them!
I spent one year running in circles, doing this, trying that, never having enough time to go deeper with anything. The only result I got was a great sense of desperation.
About a month ago, I sat down and created my mission statement. Even at that point I didn’t really think it will actually help me in any way (because, you know, I had everything figured out perfectly, anyway), but I was definitely willing to give it a try. It took me a couple of days to finish and polish it. I was happy with how it turned out, and I even shared it with my husband. Then, I moved on. But…
Things changed. I felt more organized, more motivated and much more balanced than before. My priorities hadn’t really changed, but the way I structured them – had. I felt confident and willing to do well with my life and the life of the people around me. I wanted it! I had it written down! It was fixed!
I think that there is something magical about written thoughts, goals, priorities, etc. The moment I write them down on paper (or even on a computer file) I feel them so much closer! It’s like they start living their own life and are just waiting for me to join in. I stopped perceiving them as dreams and goals but rather as acquaintances that I would like to get to know better.
I started managing my time much better, spending more on my big (and urgent) priorities and less on my not so big and not so urgent ones. I started getting up early again (and I’m not a morning person at all!) I’m still a hot mess most of the time, but I know that the energy I spend each day has been worth it. And, I have a direction!
If you’ve already created your mission statement, you probably know what I’m talking about. If not, go ahead and do it now! It’s life changing! And if you aren’t sure what in the world I’m talking about and what exactly you should include in a mission statement and why, go ahead and pay a visit to The Intentional Mom blog where you can easily find out how to create your personal mission statement and why you need it.
If I’ve managed to convince you about how life transforming this mission statement is, don’t hesitate much longer. Do it right away and savour the results!
I would also love to hear about your experience with goals, mission statements, priorities and what’s holding you back from achieving them? You can leave a comment below with your thoughts on that topic.