Now that we have taken the first step by deciding what we want, before we go on we need to select which desires on our Master Dream List we will turn into reality right now. To do this we need to filter them through our personal values and beliefs and then put in priority order those that make the grade. There is nothing more frustrating than putting in heaps of effort into something that doesn’t really fit who we are and is not in line with our personal mission statement.
The caption you are straining to read in the picture above really encapsulates what is the most important part of the goal setting journey.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove: however, the world will be different because I was important in the life of a child”
Personal Mission Statement
Just like a successful multi national corporation, each of us need to have a written mission statement that keeps us on track and accountable. If we know where we ultimately want to end up, and who we want to be when we get there, it is easy to select goals that will take us there. Take some time to think this through and write down a statement that describes this for you. Ask yourself questions like “Why do I exist” and “What is important to me”. An easy way to do this is to imagine you have just been told you only have six months left to live and make a list of what you would get done in that time. You, like most people I talk to about this, would probably have more “people” on your list than “things”.
My personal mission is to help people break free of the sense of hopelessness that comes from not having enough knowledge, time or energy to be all we are called to be in our world. The primary purpose of my life is to serve God, my family and the community around me. Having this in front of me makes it easy to filter any opportunity or dream that comes across my path.
Now that you have taken the time to write one for yourself, you too will have a greater sense of purpose as you set your goals for the future.
O.K, now that we are better equipped for the process, let’s go back to our Master Dream List and cull any entries that do not fit with our values and beliefs that form our mission statement.
Physical, Spiritual, Social and Work
The next step I take is to categorize my dreams into these four areas of my life.
Physical – health, fitness, nutrition, recreation, comfort
Spiritual – God, life purpose, making a difference, helping others
Social – family, home, friends, human interactions
Work – business, job, career, personal growth
We now have four separate lists to prioritise. Simply look at each list and place a number next to each dream, ranking them from most to least importance.
Great work! Now things are a lot clearer. We not only know what we truly want, we know why we want it.
A few weeks ago we started a journey together. By doing this, you have already shown yourself that you can set a goal. The fact that you are still with me means you have everything it takes to turn your dreams into goals and then do what it takes to achieve them. Take a bow, give yourself a “well done”, you are a goal setter!
Next week we will move ahead into the last phase of our journey on this subject. We know what and why, all that is left now is the how.
Have an awesome week. Love to hear your thoughts so please leave me a reply and feel free to ask me any questions.
The People Builder