If you regularly recycle old New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider a personal mission statement instead.
In a New York Times article published last January, Tara Parker Pope suggested that if, instead of focusing on single acts of self-improvement, we looked at the underlying reasons for our behavior, we would be more likely to change. In other words, rather than trying to fix your behavior one resolution at a time, develop guiding principles about how you want to live your life.
Here are some questions posed by Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute that can help you to craft a personal mission statement.
How do you want to be remembered? How do you want people to describe you? Who do you want to be? Who or what matters most to you? What are your deepest values? How would you define success in your life? What makes your life really worth living?
If the term “mission statement” sounds too much like corporate-speak, call it your “purpose statement” or whatever you like. It’s always a good idea to look deeply at your values and make your best attempt to live by them, and 2016 might be a good year to start.
Happy New Year.