I have fallen off the wagon. Again. Sometimes life gets too busy, or too overwhelming I just stop and regress back to my old ways. I know I can do better and be better, but my default is to eat bad food to make me feel better. I know what makes me better. I need to be busy and active, but not over do it. Eat well and exercise, but not over do it. To stay focused on my goals. I will not beat myself up this time. I have taken action.
Living life with Purpose
Have you ever written down your own personal mission statement? All companies have them. It is a statement of the purpose of a company or organization, its reason for existing. It captures the goals and philosophies underlying them. In the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Steven Covey talks about writing a personal mission statement. A guide to how you want to live your life, how you want to be remembered.
I think it is one of the most eye opening and inspiring exercises I have done in my life. It is actually quite easy if you go to his website and follow the instructions. It took me less then an hour and I learned so much about myself when doing this exercise. Once you have it written out you can print it out and make sure to live your life according to your mission.
I feel a sense of renewal. I want to share my mission statement… Ok. It’s a bit longer then I want it to be but I haven’t had the time to edit it. O.K. It is the longest mission statement EVER!
I am sharing it to make myself accountable for my actions and to inspire you to write your own… I also have written a family mission statement which I also try to follow.
Mia’s Mission Statement
I am at my best when I am busy and active.
I will try to prevent times when I am inactive and not exercising or have too much time on my hands.
I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can inspire people to be their best physically and mentally.
I will find enjoyment in my personal life through physical fitness and also by connecting with people on a deep interpersonal level.
I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as my love and knowledge of fitness and the physical body, my organizational skills and my passion to inspire others to live their greatest life.
I can do anything I set my mind to. I will inspire and help people to become who they should and live their lives to the fullest. I would also train myself to be great at something and teach others to do the same.
My life’s journey is to inspire the world to live to the fullest and to find beauty in greatness in the world around them. To stop concentrating on the things that do not matter and focusing on the things that do.
I want to teach people to live with purpose and gratitude. I want to teach them to be their best physically, mentally and emotionally. I want to make people want to get up in the morning and tackle their days with joy and purpose rather than just getting through the days with drudgery. To learn to control the things that they can and to let go of the things that they can’t. I want to be an example for my children about staying positive, living a life of purpose and working for what you want and what you believe in.
I will be a person whom my children, my friends and my family can depend on. They would say that I inspired them to be better people and that I made them laugh.
My most important future contribution to others will be to teach them:
how to live with purpose
to believe in themselves
to trust their instincts
to be grateful for what they have
to be kind to others and to themselves
work hard for what they want or what they believe in.
I will stop procrastinating and start working on:
- Getting on top of my financials. Living with a budget and sticking to it.
- Not eating processed food. Not emotional eating or binge eating.
- Stop getting distracted. Following through on ideas or plans. Stop getting distracted every time something new comes along that catches my attention
I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
- Be inspired and inspiring
- Be hard working
- Be amazing mother
I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
- PHYSICAL: Do not overdo it in the gym. Make sure to not over train and take adequate rest. Eat well but don’t deprive. Eat enough to sustain physical activity. Stretch and mobilize.
- SPIRITUAL: Stay positive. Be grateful. Take time for myself and for reflection. Read inspiring books. Stay present as much as possible and enjoy the moment.
- MENTAL: Follow through on things. Don’t get distracted. Believe in myself and work hard towards what I believe in. Don’t beat myself up if I need a break. Keep a schedule and follow it.
- EMOTIONAL: Surround yourself with positive people. Have the ability to say no. Avoid peer pressure and stick to what I want to do, and what I believe in. Connect with people. Have good conversations.
So there it is. The longest mission statement known to mankind. O.K. It is more of a mission novel. But it really describes who I am, who I want to be and how I live my life. When something happens I can modify my behavior so I am living with purpose, under the guidelines of my mission statement.
And when I lose my way I can ask myself, “Self? Is this behavior acceptable under the guidelines of your life mission?” and I can choose to change my behavior.
Start living with a purpose in mind. What is your life mission? What do you want to contribute to the world? How do you want to be remembered?
Go forth and be great.