So here it is once again. We’re near the end of another year.
What are you doing with your life?
. . . What do you mean you don’t know?!?
When going on vacation do you just get in your car and drive without knowing where you want to go?
Ok . . . well maybe in college you did. But you know what? You’re not in college anymore. (I know, rude awakening!)
So what are you doing with your life? What’s your personal mission statement?
In other words, if you were to write your obituary what would it to say?
Take a few minutes and write it down. Yes, do it now.
In developing your personal mission statement, here are some questions to ask yourself:
What do I want my legacy to be?
Do I want family/friends to remember where I’ve made a difference in the lives of others? in my profession? in my community?
What stories do I want family/friends to share about me?
What do I want them to say about my humanity or zest for life?
Are there any activities or awards I want to be recognized for?
Are there any hobbies or travels I want them to remember?
Will they know what makes me happy?
What will they remember about me to keep my memory alive?
From doing this exercise, you’ll discover what is really important to you. For some of you, you’ll discover that there’s more to life than just your career (compare how many times you mention work-related items vs. personal relationships).
By defining your personal mission statement, you’ll have more success focusing on what really matters to you. You’ll be able to weather the short-term storms and move forward in life knowing your overall mission. You’ll have clarity in what you want to accomplish in life. This clarity will drive extraordinary results.
As Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
Live an extraordinary life and define your personal mission statement now.
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’.”