It was three in the morning and I’d just had a big aha! and I decided that I needed a mission statement–a personal, professional and spiritual mission and this is what I came up with: Do good. Share more. Love on everybody.
As simple as this is, it’s made a difference. When I’m trying to decide how to respond to some conversation that’s taken a weird twist, I remind myself of my mission statement and I follow up to clarify and mend fences. (While this might seem natural to some, I have been known to hang on to being “more right than they are” and have killed friendships over pride and self pity.) When I’m trying to decide how to conduct myself in business, I remind myself of my mission statement and I err on the side of generosity trusting that I will be taken care of no matter what. When I feel lonely or misunderstood, I remind myself of my mission statement and I focus on giving complements and being helpful and my feelings change. I’m a little more inclusive. I’m a little less afraid. I’m take myself less seriously. I try to be more gracious. I pause before reacting more often. I fall short often but I am making progress.
While self reflection and goal setting are typical for the new year, I find that starting here and now is best. January 1st is a tricky day for me because I have a pretty long list of ideas that seemed good for the new year but were abandoned in March. October 4th doesn’t come with any baggage. So I’d like to encourage you to take a minute to come up with a mission statement for the day, the month or beyond. Write it on a post it or get a tattoo or stitch it on a pillow. It just might change you for the better.
Warmest Wishes for Wednesday!