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DO YOU HAVE TROU­BLE STAY­ING MO­TI­VATED AND FO­CUSED ON NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TIONS? CHANGE THAT BY MAK­ING A PER­SONAL MIS­SION STATE­MENT.

WRIT­ING DOWN YOUR NEW YEARS’

res­o­lu­tions is easy. Af­ter all, it’s not that hard to cre­ate a wish list. But for many of us, these eas­ily-writ­ten res­o­lu­tions are never fully pur­sued or achieved. Is that true for you? Then it might be time to craft your per­sonal mis­sion state­ment. Nope, mis­sion state­ments aren’t just for com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Creating your own per­sonal mis­sion state­ment can help you fig­ure out your pur­pose in life.

While res­o­lu­tions and goals spur you on “what to do”, a per­sonal mis­sion state­ment helps you un­der­stand why. Ac­cord­ing to Stephen R. Covey, au­thor of The 7 Habits of Highly Ef­fec­tive Peo­ple, a per­sonal mis­sion state­ment is a way of “con­nect­ing with your own unique pur­pose and the pro­found sat­is­fac­tion that comes from ful­fill­ing it.” He fur­ther states that “ef­fec­tive peo­ple are guided by their own mis­sions and man­age their lives ac­cord­ing to prin­ci­ples. In­ef­fec­tive peo­ple fol­low other peo­ple’s agen­das and man­age their lives around press­ing mat­ters.”

Craft­ing a per­sonal mis­sion state­ment is an easy, yet pro­found ex­er­cise. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to note that the per­sonal mis­sion state­ment you cre­ate isn’t set in stone- it will prob­a­bly change over time as your life changes and you learn more about your­self. Use the fol­low­ing tips to help you cre­ate a unique per­sonal mis­sion state­ment.

Pauline Muindi

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