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Personal Mission Statement: How to See Progress and Gain Perspective

The Power of “Deathlines”

Deadlines are the latest time by which something needs to be completed. 

A "deathline" is if you do not complete a task by a specific date, it doesn't get pushed back but deleted entirely. "Deathlines" are useful to rid yourself of what you thought were obligations but were really suggestions.


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Personal Mission Statement: How to See Progress and Gain Perspective

Personal Mission Statement: How to See Progress and Gain Perspective

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Personal Mission Statement

It consists of thinking long and hard about your life and work. Write down everything that is on your mind, then consider what is most important.

  • You want to know where you want to go.
  • Consider the steps you need to take to get there.
  • Find what hinders you from achieving it.

Acknowledging Progress

Progress can sometimes feel like endless staircases where you climb and climb, but can never see the end.

A personal mission statement allows you to look back and see how far you've climbed.

Putting Things Into Perspective

A personal mission statement reminds you where you're coming from and puts your life in perspective. When you feel frustrated, you can go back and read how much you've progressed over a specific time.

Rules of Engagement

Set up rules of engagement to remind you of how you should take care of yourself, your body, and your work. They serve as reminders of what you are doing wrong and how to slowly correct things.

Money and Wealth

Money is not wealth. Money is a freedom currency. Use it to create wealth, not more money. If you do that, more money will come.

Hire people to do tasks you've mastered or buy software to automate tasks. It will help you to free up your time.

Sleep + Nutrition + Exercise = Focus

Evaluate your sleep, nutrition and exercise.

  • Do you have regular sleeping habits, even over weekends? Is it sufficient for you?
  • Do you fill your body with junk food? If so, fix it now. Clean out your pantry and start anew.
  • Look at exercise, both physical and mental. Are you on a strict dopamine-rushed diet of clicks to divert your attention?

To Add, Subtract

Look at everything you do from big projects to small tasks and remove anything that doesn't add value. Outsource projects or drop them altogether. Unsubscribe from email newsletters.

If you have a "brilliant" new idea, save it for the beginning of the new year. For now, learn to say no to yourself. Delay your ideas for the new year.

Working On the Right Things

Work on the right things, even if you are doing it imperfectly. As long as you are working on the right things, your skill and knowledge will compound, and one day the output will become better.

Focus on the process rather than the output. Don't worry about perfection.

Prioritizing

You will always have thousands of tasks demanding your time and attention. Prioritize the tasks that will help you progress towards your vision and goals.

Playing Long-Term

Some distractions are more difficult to spot because they look a lot like work. Email is one of them. Nobody cares if you achieve inbox zero.

If a task doesn't contribute to your vision, then it's a distraction. Only work on tasks that accomplish something. 

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Life is best lived with drive and clarity. Our goals provide us with a navigating compass, helping us decide where to put our precious resources like time and money.

Shaping Your Life Plan

Having a life plan makes one get past the distractions and focus on what matters.Set aside an hour to do this planning exercise:

  • List 1: Jot down your lifetime goals, listing everything that comes to your mind.
  • List 2: Ask yourself ‘How would I want to spend the next five years?’ and note down the unbiased non-judgemental answer that comes in your mind.
  • List 3: Ask yourself ‘If I was to die in six months, how would I spend the time I have?’
  • List 4: Finally, list your most important goals, finding the common goals and aspirations from the previous three lists.
Drafting A Mission Statement

Looking through the most important goals, find the common thread and draft a plan of action for your life, a compelling Mission Statement, taking as much time as you want. Let it sit there for a few days and do not think about it.

Review the statement after a few days, see if it carries the magic that can be a guiding torch of your life, making any changes if required.

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Personal Mission Statements

A personal mission statement is a written declaration of your core purpose, and what your priorities are.

It is different from a 'vision' statement and is a briefing on what you would ...

The Benefits

A well-thought-out mission statement provides everyone with your core leadership values and priorities. It identifies the general direction of your actions to you and your team.

It also can vocalize your priorities to your team when you are not physically present.

Define

Determine your core values, key traits, and beliefs.

Ask yourself what you believe to be necessary to succeed, and what traits you wish to see and not see in others. Clarify each aspect with yourself and be concise in creating the mission statement.

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Go from Dreamer to Do-er

Use the WOOP strategy for achieving goals:

  • Wish: What do you dream of achieving in the future?
  • Outcome: What form will that result take?
Wish (But Don’t Stop There)

Everything starts with a wish. But don't transform that into fantasy.

When you fantasize, your brain thinks you’ve actually achieved your goal. So rather than ramping up, motivation dials back.

See A Specific Outcome

Be specific about the form your wish should take.

For example: If a "better work-life balance" is your wish, your outcome  could be “No work on weekends."

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