Life is kind of funny. It really can get away from you. If you let it. Today I want you to consider the time you spend living and the time you spend planning. Some people have a natural affinity for being organized, planning and getting things done. Some of us have to work harder at it than others. Regardless of where you fall between the lines, the fact is no one hits a mark unless they aim for something. So, what are you aiming for, Friend?
As I’ve coached a number of people over the years, I have noticed something as a common denominator in getting IT (whatever is the it at the time) done. A clearly defined goal…but to have a clearly defined goal, you also need to have an overall picture of what you are aiming for, or what it is you are planning to attain. So, goals are set and choices made in light of your mission.
Your mission statement helps define who you are aiming to be. A personal mission statement can help you prioritize more easily when you feel overwhelmed. It can make it easier to let your yes, be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:37). Businesses create mission statements for the company and also for the employees. You could have a family mission statement to guide you, or a team mission statement for a group. But, let me just say, having a mission statement to guide you will be a giant step forward in your planning life and certainly help you to plan with purpose.
I have two resources that have helped me develop my own personal mission statement. For years I sat in many Franklin Covey Workshops and training seminars. I cannot say enough how they helped me while I managed my own business for a number of years. If you go to the website there is a free resource for you to play with and create your own mission statement to help guide your planning in a balanced way. Click the link or GO HERE NOW.
The church I used to attend also conducted a number of group and church endeavor based on Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church and Life. So my hubby and I had the good fortune not only hosting a small group for one year but I also attended a second round at a later date. This was a great blessing and suited my planner mentality quite well, I might add! I encourage you to explore the resources available there as well.
I will just leave you with the fruit from my second year’s effort (which I keep in my planner, mostly) :
My life purpose is to know God, love Him with passion, trust Him completely, grow in His grace. minister His truth and serve Him wholeheartedly, wherever I am, whoever I am with, at all times, forever. Amen. ~Dawn P.
Everything I do in my life comes back to this statement. It is my mission for life, for work, for play, for everything. It is my aim. As Paul puts it in the book of Philippians, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”
These words were painfully constructed by me and addressed each area that I desired to grow in. That I attain to…as my guiding statement, it defines the me I want to be. No matter what I am doing. Remember in the earlier posts I spoke about thinking about who we want to be, not just the what we want to do. This is where you can really hone in on weaknesses and use target words to shape, guide and mold you and your day.
A Mission Statement will invigorate, energize and inspire you. At least it should, otherwise what’s the purpose ? And that is exactly the point! Purpose based planning is what we are aiming for, so aim high…be all that you can be! Oops, my inner Marines drill sergeant just popped out.
A Practical Tip: Go to one of the websites above and create your mission statement. Make a copy or write it out and pop it into your planner or journal! Or both! If this is too big for today, make it your mission to explore the subject, and plan to take steps to apply the concepts in some way. I actually popped over to the FC website today and did an update there. Of course my stated mission above is y keeper forever. But the details of how that looks in time change.
A Quote or two to Ponder: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“The way you SEE your life SHAPES your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.” ~Rick Warren
A Prayer for Today: Lord, I thank you that you created everything and every person with and for a purpose. I ask you that by the same grace and power you finish the work you began in me. Shape me, mold me, guide me, according o your good purposes and lead me in the way everlasting. In Jesus name, Amen.
This is Day 8 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
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I pray this series is a blessing to you.