“Is this it? Really, is this what my life is supposed to be like?” We hear this question often. And even more so as people start thinking about what they did in 2011 and what they want to do in 2012. The end of the year is a great time to take stock of your life. Are you living the life you want or are you just making it through one day at a time?
Before the end of the year, take a few minutes to develop your personal mission statement. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? Click here to read our previous blog about the benefits of having a personal mission statement. First, brainstorm what you want your mission statement to say. Next, edit to make sure you captured what is important to you. It’s your personal mission statement so write it however you want – in first person, in third person, in bullets, whatever works for you.
Once you have your mission statement then ask yourself – are you living your life in a way to accomplish your mission? If no, then what do you need to do? Make a list. From this list, determine which goals you will address in 2012 and which ones you will address in subsequent years. Use our format of the 5 P’s to help you as you write out these goals. The 5 P’s of Life are Personal Relationships, Personal Finance, Profession, Peace of Mind and Physical Health. Click here for more information. “Peace of Mind” is your relationship with yourself – what do you need to do for self-satisfaction. Is it pursuing an advance degree? Is it writing a book? Is it traveling across the U.S? Is it finding a better work-life balance? What do you want to do for you?
Once you have your goals identified then create an action plan. Here is why most people fail to achieve their goals — they don’t take time to break their goals into smaller, achievable steps. That’s what an action plan does.
If you need help with any of these steps, please contact us. We offer hourly rates and programs to help make 2012 memorable by bringing you closer to achieving your personal mission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”