A number of people have linked to this Gala Darling post recently about creating your own Personal Mission Statement. It’s kind of a gem, so I can see why it resonated. It certainly shines some light on some areas of focus between where I am and where I want to be.
I thought I would post my answers to some of her questions not only as a benchmark for myself this year, but perhaps as inspiration for you in case you are one of those people who loves a good questionnaire.
Answer the prompts in bold and see what goals it highlights for you.
I am at my best in the morning. Right after the first few sips of coffee when the day is so full of potential. I am at my best right after a workout, when I have physically challenged myself and survived. I am at my best when my creativity is seen as an attribute, and when I can speak my mind openly.
I am at my worst when talking on the phone (Gah, so awkward!) I am at my worst when I am in a rush, put too much on my plate and don’t respect my own boundaries. I am at my worst when I don’t balance connecting with others and time alone.
What do I really love to do at work? I love to diagnose problems and find solutions. I love to help people reach their goals. I love to show others efficiencies. I love to teach people that THEY CAN DO IT!
What do I really love to do in my personal life? I love to digest. Reading, thinking, eating, writing, creating — all favorites! I love to feel pushed in my personal life. I love to set goals and see progress.
My natural talents & gifts include being full of ideas. I am an idea powerhouse. I am full to the brim with inspiration 24 hours a day. I am also very open. I’m an open book! This means I will share all that inspiration I’ve got brewing, along with too many personal stories that you probably weren’t interested in hearing in the first place. (Hey, everything can’t be a gift!) I don’t have any being vulnerable, and in turn that has helped me learn a lot of life lessons. While sometimes painful, it’s been a huge gift.
If I had unlimited time & resources & knew I could not fail, what would I choose to do? Follow through on every entrepreneurial endeavor I have ever thought up. All while balancing my family which would include a football team worth of children. All of whom I’d home school. (BAHAHHAHA One can dream, right?)
My life’s journey is unfolding just the way it should.
What would people say about you on your 80th birthday? She was a wild card, but she sure did suck the marrow out of life.
What do I consider to be my biggest future contribution to the most important people in my life? I hope that I will be a great daughter, wife and parent first. Then I hope I can create a business my children will benefit from.
What are your values? I value honesty and authenticity almost above anything else, really. Only good things come from both of those.
What is most important to you? My family, my friends, my health and my capacity to wake up every day and control how I react to life.
What are some goals you’d like to achieve this year? I have a few.
What kind of image do you hope to project? Is it similar or dissimilar to the image you’re projecting right now? I hope to project an authentic image. This sounds cheese-ball, but to me it means having the confidence to honor who I really am despite others’ opinions, admit when I’m wrong, and act out of love. I’m not sure whether I project that right now, but I want to get there.
What are your roles in life? Are you happy with them?
My first role right now is caretaker of myself. I can’t be a good partner, employee, or dreamer if I am not spending some serious time caring for my own needs. Second is my role as a supportive partner to Garrett. So far this has been one of the most fulfilling roles I have ever had. Third is my role as a dreamer. (A dreamer? What the heck does that mean?) It means I am 33 and (in theory) I have my entire life ahead of me. But I have reached that age where I am starting to become more aware of the limits of time with respect to my goals. I think now, more than ever, it is important for me to dream big and get to working on some action plans. I don’t think every season of life requires long To-Do lists, but right now I have nothing but time and ideas!
I don’t think I have ever been happier in any role than I am right now in these three. But I have a lot of work yet to do!
If you answer these questions, leave me a link. If nothing else it was a good exercise to get my brain planning!