The end of the year is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to start strategising on your personal development.
I’ve got the perfect thing that’s going to help you do this.
In 2013, I decided to change my career path, which resulted in me taking a few years off and establishing what I wanted to do. During this time off, I did HUGE amounts of work on myself and spent a lot of time thinking about life in general and how I could be the best version of myself that I could possibly be.
The first stage of this personal revolution, was producing “The Gemma Project”.
A bit like a business will create an annual business plan, I decided to create one for me personally.
My Gemma Plan.
The Gemma Project.
It was literally the best thing I EVER did.
Part of The Gemma Project included my Personal Mission Statement.
This is what I would like you to produce as an end of year reflective exercise.
What is Your Personal Mission Statement?
“Every business has a mission statement; every human being needs one too. The Personal Mission Statement is a declaration as to how you want to live your life. Who you want to be. Due to the importance, the Mission Statement should only be produced once or twice in a lifetime and updated as necessary. Display where you can regularly it.”
Up until this moment you may not have given the purpose of your life any consideration. Let’s be honest it’s not an everyday exercise.
However, it’s one of the most valuable self-development exercises I’ve ever done (I’ve done virtually every self-development exercise that exists me thinks).
Your Personal Mission Statement outlines in words, your words, exactly who you are, who you want to be and how you want to live your life.
Why Create a Personal Mission Statement?
In one word.
Going through the exercise of creating a Personal Mission Statement will help you clarify what’s important in your life and will also provide you with a blueprint as to how you should be living your life.
It’s almost like a map that you can fall back on when you get lost.
Creating Personal Mission Statement
You need your statement to be personal and unique to you.
As I always say, take yourself somewhere where you can feel inspired and simply write down bullet points of what’s important to you in life? How do you want yourself to live? What’s important to you?
Answering the following questions may help you:
- What are my values? Read my blog post on this here.
- What’s important to me in daily life?
- How can I respect myself?
- How can I respect other people?
- What advice do I give to my children or other people about life?
- What do I need to change about myself?
- How does the world need to change?
- What are the productive things I can do to positively affect my life?
- Is life pre-determined or do we shape our future?
- Imagine you’re on your death bed. What’s going to have been important in your life?
With the above answers in mind, simply write out in a few paragraphs what Your Personal Mission Statement is.
Gemma McCrae’s Personal Mission Statement
I, Gemma McCrae do vow to live my life as my 90-year-old self would want me too.
This Mission Statement outlines the key principles of how I will live my life going forward.
I will ensure that I treat all people as I would want to be treated. With kindness. I will be kind and considerate and more importantly compassionate. I will endeavour to leave every person I encounter feeling happier for being with me.
Worry less, it makes me old and irritable.
Take each day as it comes and enjoy every day to the maximum that I can that day. End of.
Do not plan my life ahead, relax and enjoy what unfolds. The plan is to have no plan. Let the magic of uncertainty guide me.
Choose my reaction, count to 10 always. Try and smile and be nice. I will look the better for it. But remember, remember, remember, I’m only human. Some people need to be Gemma Educated.
Never forget what a wonderfully complex person I am. Embrace it don’t fight it. I am who I am and that’s it. I choose to love myself. As such, I vow to treat myself with love and kindness. And most importantly I choose to be happy.
Gut belly laughter happy. Every day.
Now my Mission Statement is obviously personal to me and I’ve worded it very very carefully to reflect the things that are important to me and to also help me remember what’s important.
To help me put things into perspective.
I read The Gemma Project, particularly the Mission Statement, when I’m feeling upset or low and it always makes me feel better.
So, as you come to the end of 2017 and with the start of 2018 close by, take some time this week if you can to write your own Mission Statement.
It’s probably one of the simplest, yet best things you will ever do.
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