I hope you’re enjoying forging your personal mission statement. Now, let’s begin Volume 5. Utilizing creative imagination to forge a personal mission statement will dissolve your past mistakes and enable you to create your own opportunities instead of waiting for them to knock on your door… which they rarely do. Ever notice how some people feel happy no matter how grave their circumstances? They don’t relive past hurts or dread future unknowns…they relish moment to moment living. Life is a series of present moments and they don’t permit negative thoughts from yesterday to ruin today…or tomorrow. So, write your personal mission statement in real-time, as if it’s a present moment and you’re already there…before you make your dreams happen on the outside, live them first on the inside…in your mind.
The “Finding Happiness” process explained in my book “Finding Happiness in America: a journey worth taking!” is an “inside job” that flows from the inside-out. People who radiate happiness know that if you chase after it you’ll never find it. They search inward and are as happy as they make their minds up to be and are content with what is in their lives rather than obsessing with what isn‘t. They aren’t predisposed to dwell on all their problems, which they possess like everyone else. Their minds are free and clear, not full of anxiety and worry.
To help you create a personal mission statement, ask yourself “moral fiber” questions. Instead of watching Jerry Springer, turn off the boob time and all electronic mediums, save soft piano or lounge music, and find a tranquil place to think and be undisturbed and uninterrupted. Ask yourself what you really want in life, what contributions you desire to make in the world, and what general goals you would like to achieve. Focus on what‘s truly significant to you.
First, think about the following items to include: What you would really like to be and do in life; what you feel your greatest strengths are; how you would like to be reminisced, the legend you‘d like to leave behind; the one person in your life who has made the greatest impact on you; your happiest moments in life and why they were so enjoyable to you; what the three or four most important things in life are to you; and what you could do to best contribute to the world.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. has retired from his positions of school psychologist and adjunct professor in the School of Leadership and Policy Studies at Bowling Green State University. He is author of the book “Finding Happiness in America: a journey worth taking”. Subscribe to his Cleveland Parenting Issues Examiner to receive complementary articles.