Want to make a change? Then it's time to make a mission statement.
Mission statements perform two essential functions: they force us to truly clarify our goals and then they serve as reference points for our possible choices.
Want to get up early every morning to write but find yourself snoozing until you only have 10 minutes to get ready for work? A mission statement is a quick way to remind yourself why doing something that feels unpleasant is actually worth it - because it's on track with meeting your goal.
It's a lot easier to snooze when you don't have a clear purpose for prying your face away from the pillow. And don't get me wrong - I love me some sleeping time - but I also know that when I make choices based on a clear understanding of what I want to do with my time, I am a happier person. And getting up a little earlier is a small price to pay for that.
Also: once you get on board with aligning your actions to your mission statement, you might find yourself making other changes that allow you to meet your goals with more joy and less irritation. Instead of having to drag yourself out of bed, you might find yourself choosing to go to bed a little earlier. You might find yourself rolling your eyes at your initial resistance to getting up. You might even find yourself humming as you go about your morning routine. Anything is possible, and with a mission statement helping you make small adjustments to your behaviors, you can trust that a little discomfort is ultimately leading you closer to the life you want.
If you're ready to make a change, be sure to check out next Friday's post, where I'll give you the basics of how to make a mission statement you'll love.