This week we're building on our last 2 videos, where we've been discussing the book "A Life of Excellence" by Richard E. Simmons.
Living a life of excellence simply means being the best you can be by doing the best you can do. Not compared to others, but compared to your potential and the life you've been living up until now.
Look, I don't know how you found this blog, and I certainly don't know what's going on in your life right now. But there's a reason you're reading this instead of a video filled with cats or dogs or people getting pranked or busting their ass. And I applaud you for trying to better yourself instead of just wasting time.
If you make a habit of reading self-improvement blogs like this, or reading self-help books, that's wonderful. But what are you doing with the information? When you finish reading this, are you going to change anything or go find another one to read? I want to encourage you to take the information and start moving in a different direction.
Today's action idea is to commit to living a Full Life. Make the decision today that the path you're on is not getting you the results you want, so you're going to head down a different path. You are going to commit to excellence and make the necessary changes to start living the life you deserve. You are going to start doing the things you know you are capable of doing.
If you follow this blog, you've heard me say before that you don't have to have it all figured out before you get started. You just have to decide that enough is enough and you're going to make some changes. And those changes can be small habits or routines that over time make a significant impact on your life.
Try not to be overwhelmed at the prospect of living a Full Life. In most cases, you will not need a complete overhaul of your life to see things begin to move in a positive direction. Start small, and be consistent. You cannot make up for years of neglect overnight. But you can be proactive and stop letting life get the best of you. Remember, you are the captain of your ship and you can steer it wherever you want it to go.
Look, you don't have to listen to me. Listen to yourself. Are you satisfied with the direction of your life? Are you living up to your potential? Are you making an IMPACT and living a Full Life? If not, today is the day you commit to yourself to do better. To live a life of excellence and stop floating through life. You can do it, but you MUST make that commitment.
Once you make that decision, you're going to feel different. Like you're in control for the first time in a long time. That the future is up to you. That your life is in front of you. It doesn't matter how much time you've wasted, starting today everything is going to be different. You're going to start looking through the windshield instead of focusing on the rear-view mirror.
You will approach life with a can-do attitude. You will stop complaining and start doing something about your situation. You will be proactive instead of reactive. You will wake up with a determination that you are going to make the most of each day and you will go to bed with a satisfaction that you did your best. YOU are in charge now, and everyone else can get on board or get out of your way.
Now if this sounds a little too good to be true, feel free to do the opposite and see how that works out for you. Wake up every day dreading to go to work, know in your heart that today is gonna suck, don't expect anything positive to happen, and complain to anyone who will listen. Do that for a few weeks, months or years and see how much better your life gets. I will be shocked if anything improves for you if you adopt this strategy.
If you choose that path, and I sincerely hope you don't, feel free to come back here when you're ready. I'll keep putting out posts designed to help you create a transformation, and I'll be here when you're ready to start making a positive impact and living a full life.
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In our last post, I reviewed the book "A Life of Excellence" by Richard E. Simmons. Today I want to share a quote from the book and discuss how the concept of excellence can help you on your journey towards a Full Life.
At the very beginning of his book, the author shares a quote from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi who is credited with saying, "The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence."
Now if you're not familiar with Coach Lombardi, he was an iconic American football coach who was known for being tough and demanding. He is considered by many to be the best football coach who's ever lived, and he's certainly on the short list of greatest coaches in American sports history. His commitment to excellence and his ability to lead and motivate resulted in multiple championships and ultimately landed him in the Hall of Fame.
Whether or not you like quotes, you've probably familiar with several attributed to him, such as "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Or how about, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Have you ever heard the saying, "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary?" Another one I like is, "Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection we might just catch excellence."
I mention all of these not only because I like them, but they tell you a lot about the man who is credited with saying them. He clearly believed that life is meant to be lived working toward excellence, not settling for what life throws at you, but rather working to be the best you can be no matter what your chosen profession is.
There are a lot, and I mean a LOT of people in this world who simply float through life doing their best to get through the day or make it to the weekend. They are reactive in nature and they let life act on them, instead of making any significant impact on the world. Statistics show that very few people actually set goals and put together a plan to achieve them, so is it really any surprise that so few people are living a Full Life?
According to Coach Lombardi, the quality of your life is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence. Do you want to live a quality life, a Full Life, a life of purpose that makes an IMPACT on others? If so, congratulations. The first step is making that decision. The second step is making a commitment to yourself to make it happen.
A Full Life doesn't just happen and it doesn't depend on your upbringing either. There are plenty of examples of individuals throughout history that made a significant impact on the world despite humble beginnings. Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr. Now I'm not suggesting that everyone can make the kind of positive impact on the world that these folks did, but I am suggesting that you have the power to make a significant impact on your own world and those around you by committing to excellence.
If you are a bare minimum type of person, I want you to ask yourself, right now: Is the way I'm going about my life getting me the results I truly want? Will I be satisfied at the end of my life with the effort I put in towards living a quality life? Am I doing everything I can, with the talents I've been given, to live a Full Life?
These are tough questions, and most people don't even bother to ask them, but if you truly want to be able to look back and be proud of the life you've lived, you need to take a step back and look at how you're approaching life. Are you committed to excellence, or are you content with just getting by?
Do you wish you had more to show for your efforts? Do you wish you had a better job, better relationships, more friends? Great! What are you doing to make it happen? If the answer is nothing, then you're not committed. And don't be surprised a year from now if your life looks a lot like it does right now.
It drives me crazy when people complain about their current situation and yet do nothing to improve it. Are you just complaining to hear yourself talk or are you hoping that by complaining someone will magically swoop in and instantly make your life better? Are you simply trying to bring down everyone else because you're miserable?
How many people do you know who complain about their job and yet they are doing nothing to improve the situation? They aren't out there looking for better job. They aren't working on their own skills to try and get a promotion. All they're doing really is building a reputation as a complainer. I've never understood why people are so quick to complain and so slow to do anything about it.
If you know deep down that something has to change, you're right. And that something is YOU! Do you feel like the years are flying by? Does every year feel pretty much the same? What is the most impactful thing you accomplished in the past 6 months?
I'm not asking these questions to make you feel bad. I'm trying to inspire you to live a Full Life. If you've been telling yourself that someday you're going to get your life together, I'm sorry to tell you that someday is not a day of the week. Your someday is today! Right now! Make that commitment to stepping up your game and improving your life.
You are capable of so much more. You have the potential to make an IMPACT and lead a Full Life. All that's missing is a commitment to excellence. And if you make that commitment today, the quality of your life will improve almost immediately. Please believe me when I tell you this.
The alternative is to keep doing what you're doing and continue to get the results you've been getting.
Remember this quote: "The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your commitment to excellence." So make that commitment today and start making an IMPACT so you can lead a Full Life.
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The book is "A Life of Excellence" by Richard E Simmons. The author is the founder of The Center for Executive Leadership, which much to my surprise is located in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Now I've never met Mr. Simmons, but I sure would like to, so I could thank him for writing such a powerful book.
This book lays out three guiding principles that govern our life. According to the author, once we understand and grasp these principles, life becomes fairly predictable.
One thing I do want to mention, the author runs a Christian faith-based ministry, but this is not a religious book. These principles are timeless life truths or laws and they are applicable regardless of your religious beliefs.
The first principle he discusses is The Principle of the Path, which states that whether you realize it or not, your life is a journey and the choices you make and the actions you take are leading you down a certain path. It may be a path towards excellence and living a full life, or it may be a path of mediocrity or unfulfilled potential. In other words, you are the captain of your ship, and if your life isn't headed in the direction you want it to, you have the power to change course. You can head down a different path.
The second principle is The Vector Principle, which states that small changes over time become significant. Vector is a term used in mathematics and physics and it deals with the speed and direction of an object. The author gives the example of an airplane flying from New York to the West Coast and how one tiny vector change by the pilot will result in the plane ending up in Los Angeles instead of Seattle.
Likewise, small changes in our habits and routines can lead to incredible results over time. When our lives aren't really going the way we would like, we tend to think we need an extensive overhaul so we can completely re-invent ourselves when in fact a few tweaks here and there can be life-altering.
The third principle he discusses is The Daffodil Principle, which states that small investments over time have a cumulative effect. The author points out that someone who exercises consistently over a 40 year period will reap significant health benefits, even though each individual workout does not carry that much value in and of itself. The same notion can be explained by compound interest.
The author poses an interesting question: If you were given the choice of receiving $3 million in cash right now or a single penny that would double in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose? It seems like a pretty easy choice. $3 million is a lot of money compared to one penny, but doubling the penny every day for just one month results in over $10 million. That's the power of compounding interest.
If you want to know why this 3rd principle is called The Daffodil Principle, you're going to have to buy the book to find out. I don't want to tell you everything because I really think you should read it and absorb the principles for yourself. I will, however, provide a link below to buy it if you don't already own a copy.
The end of the book includes an action plan, with very easy to understand steps you can implement almost immediately to start making small changes to help you on your path towards a life of excellence.
I really hope you'll consider grabbing a copy of this book. You can read it in one or two sittings. It's written in a very easy to understand straightforward language and the suggestions are easy to follow. I'm not suggesting they're easy to implement. There's a reason not everyone lives a life of excellence. But if you take the time to absorb the lessons and then make a commitment to yourself, I think you'll be amazed at what you'll be able to accomplish.
Starting today, right now, I want you to make the decision to head down the path of excellence so you can make an impact and lead a full life.
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If you are ready to start making an IMPACT and living a Full Life, you've come to the right place. If you feel stuck, like there must be something more to life, I'm glad you're reading this right now. Today's post is going to be short and to the point.
I want you to make a very subtle shift in the way you talk to yourself. The next time you tell yourself "I can't" ask yourself "Why can't I?" This might not seem like a very impactful change, but you'll be amazed at how powerful it actually is.
Positive self-talk is one of the easiest and potentially life-altering changes you can make in your pursuit of a Full Life. We are constantly talking to ourselves and that inner voice is either building us up or holding us back. Learn to use that voice to your advantage. It is next to impossible to change your life unless you change your thinking.
So stop telling yourself "I can't" and get in the habit of asking "Why can't I?"
Why can't I live the life I truly want? Why can't I be happy? Why can't I start your own business? Why can't I live a Full Life? Once you start asking instead of telling, you start to see excuses as speed bumps instead of road blocks.
Who deserves a Full Life more than you? Nobody.
Stop letting YOU stand in your way of making an IMPACT and leading a Full Life.
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This week we're building on our last 2 posts, where we've been discussing the book "Start With Why." This week I want you to start asking yourself Why as it relates to everything you do, especially the things you don't enjoy.
Have you ever been asked a question by a child and you give them what you think is a pretty good answer and they respond with "Why?" So you try to give them another answer and they ask "Why?" again. Every time they ask Why you try to dig a little deeper and come up with something that will satisfy their curiosity. But they keep asking Why. It can go on forever. Kids are very inquisitive (and persistent).
But for some reason, as we get older we stop asking Why and just accept things as they are. We settle into a routine and stop questioning things.
If you work in an office, try asking why something is done a certain way and you'll probably get a response along the lines of, "Well, because that's just the way we've always done it." Oh, boy do I love that answer. We don't question things around here, we just keep doing it because it's the way it's always been done.
This week, I want to take a good hard look at the things you spend your time on and ask yourself Why. Just like a little kid, I want you to keep asking Why until you discover a deep down purpose. The goal here is twofold: to change your attitude toward the things you have to do and also to figure out your true passion, or your Why.
For example, why do you go to work? The most common answer is "To get a paycheck." Why? "Because I need money to live." Why? "Because I have bills to pay." Why? "Because that's part of being an adult." Why? "Because if I don't pay my bills I can't take care of my family." Why? "Because my family relies on my income and they're counting on me."
In this scenario, the true Why is to take care of your family. So the next time you dread going to work, instead of looking at it as simply trading your time for money, remind yourself that you're being a responsible adult and taking care of your family. That's a much more powerful Why than "I need money."
How about another example. Let's say you're thinking about going back to school. Why? "So I can get a better job." Why? "I keep getting passed over for promotions." Why? "I need to be better educated to get better opportunities." Why? "To show that I have the knowledge to take on more responsibility." Why? "I have to prove that I can do it." Why? "I'm tired of being held back." Why? "I know I'm capable of more and I need to prove it to myself." Why? "Ultimately, I want to show my kids that anything is possible if they put their mind to it."
Now there's a powerful Why. I want to go back to school to prove to myself and others that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.
The purpose behind all of this is to keep asking "Why?" until you drill down far enough to discover the true reason behind your actions. As we've discussed in our last 2 posts, you need to start with Why. And your Why must be powerful enough to inspire and motivate you.
So rather than just floating through life, watching the clock, trying to make it to the weekend, get in the habit of asking yourself Why and see if you can't uncover your true motivation. What you'll probably start to see are similarities and underlying themes that will help you find your true purpose in life. If you keep asking Why you might realize that you like teaching, or writing, or helping people, or building things, or inspiring others with YouTube videos.
Once you identify your Why, the next step is to figure out how to design your life so you can spend more time doing what truly inspires you. The happiest and most satisfied people on this planet are the ones who spend the majority of their time doing what sets their soul on fire. They wake up every day looking forward to what life might bring and they go to bed fulfilled. They aren't lucky, they're intentional.
If you aren't one of those people, I strongly encourage you to get in the habit of finding out why. Why aren't you doing what you really want to do? Why do you keep doing what makes you unhappy? Why are you afraid to take a chance at a better life? Why are you not doing everything you can to lead a Full Life?
These aren't easy questions to answer, but if you simply try you'll be far ahead of those who never do. The only sure fire way to never get an answer is to not ask the question in the first place.
When you start with Why you'll be on your way to making an impact and leading a Full Life.
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In our last post, I reviewed the book "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek and we discussed the importance of starting with your Why as opposed to starting with What or How.
As the author suggests, companies and individuals who inspire others always start with Why. It's not that What and How aren't important, it's just that focusing on what you're going to do or how you're going to do it without having a reason for doing it leads to confusion, inefficiency and an absence of inspiration.
But having a vision and being able to communicate it clearly and consistently is what starting with Why is all about. One quote from the author that I really like is, "It's all fine and good to know how to drive, but it's more fulfilling when you have a place to go."
If you feel like there has to be more to life than getting up every day, going to work, paying bills, putting other people's needs ahead of your own, you're right. Our definition of a Full Life is when your "want to" days vastly outnumber your "have to" days. Well, that doesn't happen by accident. That happens when you have a clear definition of what you want your life to be and then you set out to make it happen.
There are far too many people in this world who are not happy with the direction of their life. Unfortunately, there are not enough of them doing something about it. I'll bet you have someone in your life right now that is quick to complain but slow to do anything about it. Please don't be one of those people.
If every day, week and month seem to be the same and you feel like the years are starting to pass you by, make the decision right now to make a change. Start with Why. Why do you feel the need to make a change? Why are you not living the life you want right now?
Once you start with Why, only then can you move on to What. What does living a Full Life mean to you? What needs to change in your life to start living that way? What can you do to get out of this rut and start living a Full Life? It all starts with you and the decision to figure out your purpose. Once that destination is clear, the next step is to commit to making it happen.
It won't be easy, and I'm not suggesting otherwise. But it will be worth it. When you feel like quitting, think about Why you started. You Why needs to be the driving force in your life.
The choices you make and the daily actions you take will determine if, and how quickly, you arrive at your destination. Our Why is to inspire and motivate ourselves and others to live a Full Life. What's yours? Please feel free to share it down in the Comments section below.
Remember this quote: "It's all fine and good to know how to drive, but it's more fulfilling when you have a place to go." So figure out where you're going so you can make an impact an lead a Full Life.
So that’s it for this week’s quote. Please let us know what you think about this quote in the Comments section below. If you have a favorite quote that inspires you, I’d love to know what it is if you’d be willing to share it with us. And who knows, if it makes an impact on me, I might just turn it into a future post.
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The author of this book is famous not only for his writing, but he also has one of the most popular Ted talks of all time. I also found a video of an interview where he discusses millennials in the work place. If you get a chance to watch either of those, they are time well spent. (Of course, you should finish reading this post first.)
The basic lesson in this book, which you can probably figure out from the title, is that inspiring leaders start with Why. It's not that the What and the How aren't important, it's just that focusing on either of those without an underlying Why will make it very difficult to sustain any kind of long-term success.
If you ask someone what they do for a living, they'll tell you. But ask them why and you'll find out very quickly if they're inspired or not. If they are, you'll get to find out their true passion and source of inspiration. If not, you'll get a puzzled look followed by something like, "Because I got bills to pay."
Folks who have a powerful enough Why can find inspiration and motivation in even the most mundane tasks. But without a Why, even the most exciting job becomes just another way of trading your time for money. If you work in an office, take a second and look around you and see how many inspired co-workers you can find. How many of them can tell you why they are doing what they're doing?
Or ask yourself, why do you do what you do and if the answer is "it pays the bills," you need to come up with another answer or you need to find something else to do. You'll never live a Full Life if you keep letting what you have to do get in the way of what you want to do.
Now I'm not suggesting that you quit you're job and go lay on the beach because that's what you really want to do. What I am suggesting is that you make a concerted effort to bring inspiration into your life. I'm suggesting that you do as this book says and start with Why.
Now if you're not in a position to make a significant change in your life at this time, keep asking yourself Why until you find your true passion. Don't even worry about How you're going to do it or What you're going to do until you figure out your Why.
My 2 biggest take-aways from this book are: first, if you or your company is floundering, there's a good chance you've lost your Why, and the quicker you can re-visit it and re-commit to it, the faster you can start to turn things around. Every decision you make should be in alignment with your Why. It should be clear, it should be reiterated frequently, and it should inspire you and the people around you.
The author shares his Why, which is "To inspire people to do the things that inspire them." That's good, isn't it? While reading this book, I started thinking about my Why. Why am I doing this? It's not an easy thing to come up with, but I finally realized that my Why is to "Inspire and motivate myself and others to lead a Full Life." That's why I do what I do and that's what inspires me to keep going.
My 2nd take-away is that to be a leader you don't have to come up with all of the answers. You don't need to figure out the solution to every problem. But you better be able to surround yourself with people who believe what you believe and then inspire them to come together for the good of the group.
As the author points out, true leaders never start with What needs to be done. They start with Why it needs to be done. And they have the ability to articulate that vision so that others are inspired to take action.
After finishing this book I had to ask myself why. Why did I wait so long to read this damn book? It reinforces everything we're trying to do here at IMPACTfull Life. I've spent a little over a year trying to inspire and motivate you, the reader, to find your Why and then take action. I probably should have read this book before we got started.
But I didn't and there's nothing I can do about that now other than strongly recommend that you pick up a copy. It will change the way you look at What you do and How you do it by making you realize those 2 things need to take a backseat to your Why.
So stop focusing on what you’re going to do or how you’re going to do it until you first figure out why you are doing it in the first place.
Start with Why so you can make an impact and lead a Full Life.
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In our last 2 posts we've been discussing the concept of a Personal Mission Statement and how it can be used to design and direct you toward the life you want to live. Today I want to dive into this a little bit deeper and give you a few suggestions on how to develop your own and use it to inspire and motivate you as you go throughout your day.
This week I want you to set aside a block of time to work on your Personal Mission Statement. If you already have one, you're going to use this time to review it and make sure that it's actually serving its purpose, which is to keep you focused on what's really important.
There are a lot of suggestions out there on the best way to develop a Personal Mission Statement, and there doesn't seem to be one agreed upon format. If you Google Personal Mission Statements you can find lots of suggestions and even examples from highly successful people who have shared theirs publicly.
The First thing to remember is that your Personal Mission Statement is your own. Feel free to borrow concepts and ideas, but do not copy someone else's. That will totally defeat the purpose.
Second, write it. Take pen (or pencil) to paper. There is something about the way the brain responds to words in your own handwriting that makes it much more powerful than typing it on a computer. Some folks choose to type it up and print it once it's finished, but at least start with a handwritten statement.
Third, the length of the document is completely up to you. Some famous people have a simple one sentence statement, others are several pages long. My suggestion would be to start with just a few sentences and then add to it as you go. Since you're going to be reviewing it regularly, you'll have plenty of time to modify or add to it later.
Fourth, keep it positive. State your intentions in the present tense. We talked about the importance of this in our last post, but you want to focus your mind on what you want rather than what you don't want and you want to phrase it as though you've already accomplished it.
Finally, once you've written your Personal Mission Statement, use it daily. I keep mine on the nightstand by my bed and read it every morning when I get up and every evening before falling asleep. The goal here is to program your subconscious so that your daily actions reflect what you want to accomplish in your life.
It's also a very positive way to start and end your day. Instead of dreading the day ahead, you'll start each day with the feeling that you are getting closer to the life you truly want. You'll remind yourself every morning that you are working towards a Full Life.
Instead of going to bed thinking about all the things that are stressing you out and how much you have to get done tomorrow, you'll fall asleep knowing that you have a mission and a purpose to your life. Believe me, having something positive to wake up to and fall asleep to will completely change your daily outlook.
Now let me just say that this process is not easy, especially if you are not accustomed to spending time working on yourself. It takes a tremendous amount of self-reflection, focus and introspection to figure out what's really important to you and what kind of person you want to become.
Make sure you eliminate distractions and start asking yourself some hard questions. Begin with the end in mind, design the life you truly want and get it on paper. Once you have it, use it as the steering wheel for your life and allow it to guide you in the direction you want to go.
I honestly believe that a Personal Mission Statement is one of the best ways you can start to make an IMPACT and lead a Full Life.
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In our last post I reviewed the book"Personal Mission Statement" and I discussed the importance of having a written document to drive your actions and direct your life in the direction you want it to go.
As I went searching for a quote to build on this concept, I discovered that there weren't a whole lot of quotes out there related to personal mission statements. I'm not sure why, but I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that so few people actually take the time to sit down and write a personal mission statement.
One quote that I did find, however, is from author Brian Tracy, who said,
"Your mission statement is always written in the present tense, as though you have already become the person that you have described."
As you have probably already figured out if you subscribe to this channel, I'm a big fan of Brian Tracy. He's the author of "Eat That Frog," one of the first books we reviewed on this blog. (Read that review here.)
The reason I like this quote is because it captures the essence of a well designed personal mission statement. It should be written in the present tense, even though you are envisioning your future self.
A personal mission statement should not describe what you've already accomplished in your life or the kind of person you are currently. It is your statement about the life you want and the person you hope to become. But it should be scripted as though it is already happening.
You may write something like "I am a productive and successful person" even though you currently struggle with procrastination and have not attained the level of success in life that you desire. This is much better than writing, "I will stop wasting so much time" or "I don't want to struggle financially."
Or how about "I am a healthy and vibrant person" instead of "I will not eat so much junk food." Can you see the difference in phrasing what you want in the present tense? You're training your subconscious to see you as you want to be. You'll also get much better results by using positive phrases instead of focusing on what's wrong.
"I am financially secure and make smart choices with my money" is a much better way of looking to the future than saying "I need to get out of debt and stop wasting so much money."
So when you sit down to write out your personal mission statement, focus on what you want, not what you want to avoid or stop doing, and then write it in the present tense. If you already have one, take some time this week and review it, paying close attention to the way it's written.
Describe the person you want to be and the life you want to have and then write it as though you've already accomplished those things. By reviewing it daily, you'll start to train your mind to see it before it happens. Only then can you let the Universe know what's in store for you. And only then will your daily and weekly choices steer you in that direction.
In our next post, I'm going to give you some more specific instructions on writing your personal mission statement, but that should give you enough to think about for now.
Remember, you have to see it before you can be it. But once you start to see it and believe it, then you can start to make an IMPACT and lead a Full Life.
So that’s it for this week’s quote. Please let us know what you think about this quote in the Comments section below. If you have a favorite quote that inspires you, I’d love to know what it is if you’d be willing to share it with us. And who knows, if it makes an impact on me, I might just turn it into a future post. Also, let us know about your experiences with personal mission statements and any tips you think our readers could use. If you don't already have one, I hope this has inspired you to put one together.
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Well, today I want to talk about a different kind of mission statement, the Personal Mission Statement. You may or may not be familiar with this concept, but it comes up frequently as I read some of the classic self-improvement books.
Napoleon Hill talks about it in "Think and Grow Rich." It’s the focus of Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret” and Stephen Covey addresses it in "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," and I could go on and on with other examples, but the point is that enough highly successful people have talked about its importance that I figured it was time to develop my own.
So I went looking for a guide to help me and I found a book by Michal Stawicki entitled, "A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness" and I found it useful enough that I wanted to share with you some of what I learned.
I really enjoyed the way the author walks the reader through the entire process of developing a mission statement. One of the first things you'll notice if you start researching personal mission statements is that there is really no agreed upon format. In fact, the only wrong way to do one is to not do it at all.
Every personal mission statement is going to be different. Yours won't look like anyone else's. After all, it is called "Personal" Mission Statement for a reason.
The author breaks down why a mission statement is so important and then goes through dozens of questions and exercises to help you put yours together. He also gives you advice on how to incorporate it into your daily life.
My 2 biggest take-aways from this book are: first, you need to be the architect of your own life. If you don't have a written plan or statement that motivates and inspires you, that's the equivalent of being a home builder working without a blueprint.
Thinking and dreaming about the life you want is great, but until you put those ideas down into a coherent statement, they're just wishes. And wishes won't get you very far without action.
Corporations use mission statements to lay out their companies' objectives and serve as a constant reminder to their employees as to how their daily actions serve that mission, and your personal mission statement should accomplish the same thing.
My 2nd take-away is the need to make your personal mission statement a living, breathing document. Something you revisit often and incorporate into your life. The author says that once you complete your statement, don't view it as a certificate of accomplishment and stick it in a drawer somewhere.
You need to take your mission statement and use it to guide your daily actions and decisions. The author suggests reading it every day, meditating on it, visualizing it, whatever it takes to infuse it into your brain. Only then will it become a driving force in your life.
I keep mine on the nightstand beside my bed and I read it when I wake up and when I go to bed. It's the first thing on my mind when I start the day and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. I am literally training my subconscious to create the life I want. I am throwing my desires out into the Universe and using my Personal Mission Statement as the steering wheel to help me make daily decisions based on where I want to be.
One last thing, if you spend the majority of your time focused on where you want to be and how you're going to get there, there's not a lot of time left over to complain about where you are now. So pick up a copy of this book, go through the exercises, and use your personal mission statement to design the life you really want.
Make it YOUR mission to make an IMPACT and lead a Full Life.
So that’s it for this week’s book review. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. .
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