How To Create a Mission Statement for Your Life

What is your purpose? If you’re like most people, you have no idea how to answer that question, because you’ve never considered it. That’s unfortunate.

Companies have mission statements, and you should consider creating one for your own life. How can you make the best plans and decisions for yourself if you lack a mission statement?

Writing a mission statement has three primary benefits. It forces you to consider what your purpose in life is.

It also gives your life direction and something you can use to measure yourself by. There’s no reason not to create a mission statement for your life.

Create a mission statement and give your life direction and purpose with these strategies:

1. Determine the person you want to be.

Imagine the person you would be prouder being. What characteristics does that person possess?

Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and assume that you can become anything you desire. Who would you want to be? What qualities do you want to stand for?

2. Consider your heroes.

Whom do you look up to? Why? The people you most admire can leave clues about what is most important and impressive to you. Whose life would you like to live?

It can even be someone from the past. Whom did you admire when you were a child? It might be a relative or neighbor.

3. Look online for a few examples that can inspire you.

There are several CEOs and other famous people that have posted their mission statements for the world to see.

Check out a few and see if anything appeals to you.

4. Imagine looking back on your life.

Picture yourself on your deathbed. What would you like to see when you look back on your life? What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Having regret at this stage in your life would be a tragic thing. You can prevent that by considering this circumstance today.

5. Write your mission statement.

You have enough information now to write your mission statement. Try limiting yourself to a single paragraph and hone in on the essential elements.

Describe the mission for your life. There’s no reason to feel tied down to anything you write now.

You’re in control. You can always make adjustments in the future.

6. Set appropriate goals.

Now that you have a general direction for your life, set some goals that support your mission statement.

What can you do today to begin living the life you desire? What kind of goals would the person you describe in the first step pursue?

7. Get busy.

This can be the challenging part. Many of us like imagining and planning, but balk when it’s time to actually take action.

Avoid allowing this step to halt your progress.

8. Reevaluate.

Take stock regularly. Do you need to modify your mission statement or your goals? What can you do to make them better? What is working for you and what is not working?

Your mission in life may be a moving target as you age and mature. Your experiences will also change your perspective on life.

A mission statement forces you to evaluate your interests, values, and priorities. You also consider your death and your legacy.

If you want the best possible chance of living an amazing life, a mission statement is crucial.

Take the time to complete this important exercise. You’re bound to learn things about yourself you never knew and to re-energize your passion for living.

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Top 10 Tips to be More Likable

Have you ever wondered what makes some people more likable than others? You might wonder why you’re not viewed as likable as you think you are.

There are many qualities that determine how likable someone is.

No one is charming enough to be viewed positively by everyone, but some manage to come close. People differ in what they find attractive in others.

Try these strategies to be more likable and make more friends:

1. Smile.

Few things are more inviting than a smile. When you smile, you put others at ease and instantly make yourself more approachable.

Smiling is attractive. You’ll be more likable even if all you do is put on your best smile each day.

2. Give honest compliments.

Make it a point to give 2-3 compliments each day. You don’t want to overdo it and you want to give compliments that are sincere.

You could compliment someone’s shoes or their sense of humor. You can easily find something you admire about someone each day.

3. Be considerate.

Treating people like they are irrelevant to you is a sure way to be viewed as unlikable.

Be on time and treat others with respect and consideration. People know when they’re being slighted.

4. Be relaxed.

Others tend to feel the same way you do when they are in your presence. If you’re stressed or grumpy, people won’t feel very good when you’re around.

A happy and relaxed person is likable. It’s an enjoyable way to live, too.

5. Ask questions.

People love it if you find them interesting. One easy way to do this is to ask questions. Ask them about their weekend, hobbies, or their opinion on something.

It’s also an easy way to have a conversation with someone. Ask a few good questions and pay attention to the answers.

6. Avoid gossiping or judging others.

People might hang on your every word while you’re gossiping, but they won’t trust you or like you.

They know you’re going to say unkind things about them someday, too. Be open-minded and you’ll be viewed as more likable.

7. Use the other person’s name.

People respond in a positive manner when hearing their name. It helps if you’re good at remembering names!

8. Share, but not too much.

It puts people at ease when you’re open and genuine. However, there’s a time and place for everything.

You don’t want to burden a casual acquaintance with your financial or marital woes. Share, but avoid oversharing.

9. Have passions.

You want to avoid being seen as blah. Have a couple of passions that you’re willing to discuss with others.

You might love playing the violin and working to save the white rhinos. When you’re excited about your life, you’re exciting to be around!

10. Put your phone away.

Give others your attention. There is nothing that screams, “You don’t matter to me,” more than giving more attention to your phone than you do to the person in front of you.

The things you can do to be viewed as more likable are easy to implement.

Just pick one item from this list and make a real effort to put it into action for the next week.

Choose another item the following week and add it to your skillset. Avoid attempting to make too many changes at once.

Before you know it, you’ll be the most likable person you know!

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