Every now and then, we should have a conversation with ourselves to determine if we are accomplishing what we want to accomplish. We ought to set aside some time to take another look at ourselves, our life plan, and our motivation for why we do what we do?
Historically, some have thought that hard work alone would yield success, accomplishment, and profit. Up until the mid Twentieth Century, that may well have been possible. Now, beyond the first decade of the Third Millennium, hard work alone will not assure, or guarantee success, accomplishment, or profit.
One of the surest and best ways to reach our goals is to have a clear notion of what it is we believe we do and want to do with our life; our talents, gifts, and skills. Step Number One is to know what you want to do and then write is as a one sentence mission statement. Step Number Two is the developing of a set of standards (performance behavior that you will accept no less than from yourself) that will guide you. I offer the following example.
A mission statement needs to be clear in one sentence. This is what I do. This is my mission. I will use the role of a parent as a model example.
My mission is to be the best loving parent, provider, and role model for my children possible.
Next, standards are identified that will help to guide the person who has set themselves to this mission. An identified standard must be measurable and observable in time.
Standards includeI will get up at 5 AM every morning. I will spend 30 minutes quiet time alone as soon as I get up. I consult my daily planner for the day’s plan. I will wake my children at 630 AM. I will set breakfast for 7 AM. I will have my children to school at 8 AM. I will walk for 30 minutes daily for stress relief and physical fitness. I will report to work on time at 930 AM. I will have my children in bed at 9 PM. I will be in bed by 10 PM.
With an established check list at hand, we can monitor whether or not we are managing to accomplish set standards. This will work and keep us on track with ourselves and our established priorities.
The pathway to success is not for the timid or for excuse makers. It is for people that make themselves available to learn ways to get what they want out of life. I am not suggesting this will be easy. I am clearly saying to you that without a plan and some standards for achieving your own goals, your chances for success are minimal at best.
Know your mission. Know what you do. Map out and identify standards to keep you on track to doing your mission. When love for life, ourselves, our families, our friends, and others is the motivation for our behavior, our commitment to our mission and our mission standards is higher.