Hello!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you?! Did you have a motivating weekend?! Did you make smart food choices?! Did you come up short or were you unstoppable?! :D If you got off track...no worries...hop back on and don't give up on achieving your goals! Bring it on!!
If someone asked you to name your goals, you would probably have no problem rattling off a list ;) For example: lose 10 pounds, join a yoga class, run a marathon, eat clean, etc. What's harder to identify are the reasons you set these goals in the first place. Understanding why you want to achieve them is what will truly motivate you to change your behavior and sustain it over the long term, Jack Groppel, Ph.D., says. That's where a personal mission statement comes in!
Today's post is why you need a PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT! It defines what you value most and drives you to achieve the individual goals!! Keep reading and find out how a personal mission statement can lead you to a more HAPPYier life :D
A mission statement becomes a force to help guide you and keep your ambitions focused and identifiable. "Knowing your purpose is the single greatest driver of engagement," explains Groppel, a cofounder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, who helps clients craft mission statements. "It's what encourages you to grow as much as you possibly can and fuels you to push forward when you suffer a setback." Think of it as your grand plan, a North Star that dictates your decisions and behaviors. Here's how you can create your own mission statement and lean on it to achieve success :)
Map out your mission.
Start by jotting down the principles that matter most to you. Perhaps feeling strong and undefeatable, enjoying moments of your life, having a circle of friends you can count on, or being confident in your own skin. These are the things that will inspire you to make changes and stick with them. Then come up with a sentence that incorporates these ideals and sums up your ultimate purpose, such as "I want to live a passionate, engaged life in which I face new challenges bravely and positively." That's your mission statement. To help you internalize it, write it down in attractive lettering, snap a picture of it with your cell, and use it as your phone's screen saver.
Look for the holes.
Next, think about anything you're doing that goes against your mission. For instance, if you're often plagued by self-doubt, consider what activities make you feel confident--your yoga classes, getting together with friends--and allocate more time to them. You start figuring out a way to overcome an obstacle only when you admit to it.
Make it happen.
Of course, just having a mission statement isn't going to cause your life to suddenly fall into place. But it will inspire you to tackle the changes you need to make and see them through for the long haul. That's because knowing your ultimate purpose helps you understand the true consequences of your actions, Groppel says. In other words, skipping the gym doesn't just mean you'll feel guilty; it also shows that you're not living the active lifestyle you've promised yourself and that realization is powerful.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed, tackle 1 small change every 90 days. Groppel says this time frame is crucial: It takes about 45 days to learn a new habit and approximately another 45 for it to become ingrained. Once that becomes routine, up the task. And so on, until mission accomplished!
Nailing your mission statement takes some honest thinking. Jack Groppel, Ph.D., says your answers to these questions will help you form it.
1. How would I want people to describe me?
2. What legacy do I hope to leave?
3. What makes me feel happiest or most fulfilled?
4. Why do these things matter to me?
5. How do I define success?
Grab a pen...writing down a personal mission statement will help you stick with it :D
Don't let fear stop you from achieving your goals! U GOT THIS!!
Have a HEALTHY day!
SEE YOU back here on Wednesday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist