With the simple turning of a calendar page comes a fresh opportunity to break bad habits and make improvements in all areas of life. While the making of New Year’s resolutions is an annual tradition, the breaking of New Year’s resolutions is almost as common. Avoid this recipe for failure and create a personal mission statement instead.
A personal mission statement, also known as a vision statement, provides clarity and direction. This allows energy and resources to be focused most effectively. Rather than supplying a list of things to avoid, the personal mission statement presents an overall vision of the life desired. Once the mission statement is written, a detailed plan to achieve the desired life can be developed.
Guilt over broken resolutions often surfaces each year. Before proceeding with the development of a personal mission statement, let go of all guilt for past failures. It is all too easy to let broken resolutions from years gone by create an atmosphere of defeat that merely sets the stage for more failure. The past is the past. Let go of guilt and start fresh.
Relinquishing guilt may be easier said than done. Rather than focusing on failed resolutions, consider past achievements. Think about previous goals that have been accomplished and areas of life where improvements have been made. Forgive past habits, behaviors and shortcomings but learn from past mistakes. Use knowledge gleaned from the experience of failed resolutions to help create a plan for success. Start the New Year with a truly clean slate.