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How To Develop A Mission Statement

It’s 2010. So what?

You have “New Year resolutions” I’m sure.

“I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to exercise more.” “ I’m going to live a happy life.”

All valid goals! But if you’re like most people you’re going to fail.

What? Did I really just use the F-word? I expected something higher on aptitude, man!

Let me be the first to say that I have new year resolutions too.

I want to take my blog to the “next level.” I want to eat healthier. I want to exercise more. I want to build even deeper relationships than I already have.

Just like you I’m human. I desire for a better life.

But you see the thing is many of us fail to implement our new years resolutions. Many of us revert to our same old negative habits with in months, weeks, or days, perhaps even hours.

Why is this?

Because you don’t have a purpose. A mission.

Let me say that again you don’t have a purpose or a mission.

Before you scream back but… but.. “ I want to help people!” “ I want to be skinny!” “I want to be rich!”

Let me quickly say this:

Those are not missions. Those goals. Those are universal desires, not your specific mission.. Let me explain.

The people that get what they want. The people, who REALLY get what the want, have a mission. Missions, which, come rain or shine, day or night, they live for.

They live for.

Now look back at those things you supposedly want. “To help people.” “To be skinny.” “To be rich.”
Are you doing everything in your power to accomplish these things? If you haven’t discovered your true life mission, probably not.

I’ll be honest; developing a life mission isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work and deep thought, week’s perhaps even months of reflection.  Trust me I learned the hard way. It not happen overnight. But developing a life mission is essential for success. This isn’t new.

Ask any truly successful individual what their life mission is, and I assure you they will respond back with a crystal clear response. Steven Covey author of ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘, a must read (as well as MANY other authors) discusses this topic in great detail.

Why?

Let me make myself clear. Mission statements are essential for success.

“Ok. Ok. A mission statement is important I get it. What do I do next?”

The answer is simple. Develop your own mission statement.

How do I do this, you may ask?

Reflect, reflect, and reflect.

I’m going to share with you my current mission statement. I update this constantly to fit my current dreams and intentions; therefore you must do the same. A mission statement is to remain flexible as you continue to learn and grow. So as of right now, the first of the year this is MY mission statement, one that I will base my values and success off of for the 2010 year.

You ready? Here it is.

“My purpose in life is to live passionately and courageously, to enjoy life, to radiate with energy, passion, and love, to share my knowledge in hopes of improving the consciousness of others, to continue to grow daily, sharing my passion for growth a long the way. To share my idea’s and thoughts through my passion for writing, which  I believe to be one of the best mediums for expressing humanity. I live for a larger purpose than myself.”

Deep… eh? Notice how detailed I was? This wasn’t just a common goal shared by humanity. This was MY mission, MY purpose.

What is yours?

When developing a mission statement it is of great importance to remember that it is YOUR mission. Not your mom’s. Not your dad’s. Not your wife or husband’s. Not your friends or your kids. But YOURS.

Write down what you really want. Leave all your socially conditioned beliefs behind.
Want to be the best chef in the world? Want to be a vet? Want to help the homeless?
Feel it. Visualize it.

Go on. I’ll wait. NOW! This is the time!

Be as specific as you can. If you are not absolutely filled with energy after this exercise, you still have a ways to go. The goal is be filled with energy when mediating on your mission.

Once you have discovered your mission, your true life mission, continue to build on this momentum daily. Review and meditate on your mission each day. Always remember to keep it congruent with the person you are. Change is ok. It means your growing.

I personally like to carry a card in which I have my mission statement written on in my wallet. This reminds me of my purpose numerous times thought-out the day. You may perhaps, post it on your wall, your fridge, anything…Just keep it in your mind and heart…daily! All the time!

Now I must warn you. Developing a mission statement will not, I repeat will not, rid your life of unfortunate circumstances. You will still have bad days. You will still have doubts. You will still have fears.

What a mission statement will do however; will give you the will to push through and to persevere. That is why developing one is essential to truly succeeding.

Simply recognizing your life mission will enhance the quality of your life tenfold. Your subconscious mind will begin to develop ways in which your mission can be carried out. With your whole mind, body, and soul behind your mission, rather than just your ego, you can begin to truly live in this boundless world.

May you have a wonderful 2010.

10 Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

You want to make a difference. I get it. We all do.

I know, I know, you don’t have the time.

You don’t have the resources. You’re only one person. The excuses roll on and on.

Luckily for you, I have conveniently  provided 10  simple ways in which you make a difference today.

WARNING:

Upon finishing this article, your excuses on why you can’t make a difference will disappear. Read at your own risk.

Start a Blog:

We all have a message, and blogging is one of the most efficient ways to share it. Through the medium of blogging we can inspire and educate hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of individuals all over the globe. My life has benefited tremendously from the hundreds of blogs in which I have read. Share your story. Start blogging today.

Smile:

Do I really need to explain this one? See how many times you can smile today.

Hug:

We all need hugs. Hugging instantly can change anyone’s day for the better. Try making it a habit to hug at least five people each day. Who knows, your hug could make someone’s day (assuming you’ve showered of course).

Listen:

I mean truly listen. Turn off your judgment box and just receive the words of a friend or family member. No advice required. Simply be there for someone. You don’t need to voice your opinion. Simply listen.

Perform a Random Act of Kindness

This was recently a theme at my school. I was amazed at all the acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something nice for someone, expecting nothing in return. Hold the door for someone. Compliment (and mean it) someone’s appearance. Tell someone how much they mean to do you. Do something that’s expected of you without being ask. How many random acts of kindness can you do?

Serve:

Do some community work. Volunteer at an elderly home. Teach something. Do some physical labor. Give your time for the benefit of the world.

Give Away Good Books:

I can’t tell you how many books I have given away. I love sharing my favorite books with people. Why should you be the only one benefiting from an amazing book. If you’ve just read a great book, pass it on!

Free Rice!:

What better way to help somebody than to give food while improving your vocabulary at the same time. Simply spending 10 minutes on this extraordinary site could save a life. Literally. What are you waiting for?

Tell a Joke:

We all enjoy a good laugh. Tell someone a joke make hopefully it will make them laugh:-)

Live Your Life:

Find your mission and live it. Like to paint? Paint.Like to write? Write. Do what makes you happy.  Unleash the purpose-driven-you.

Now is the perfect opportunity to change the world. The question is,

Will you..?

Youth Ki Awaaz..

Youth ki Awaaz : Mouthpiece for the youth”

It is a novel and an outstanding platform for youth of the Indian subcontinent, and aims at engineering the society through its rich and outstanding articles. It serves as an online platform for the people who are passionate to remove the social malaise, and work toward the change, or actually asks you for…

Be the Change!

I have recently become the Correspondent/Intern at Youth ki Awaaz, a nice opportunity for me to collaborate with thoughtful people with the attitude to serve the world.