Dear Style & Substance:
I am facing some major decisions in my life and am floundering on how to get started in moving forward because I have made some poor life decisions in the past. I have some good options both personally and professionally. Can you recommend a good strategy for getting started?
We think that creating a “measuring stick” for yourself would be a good first step that can be used as a guide for a long time… it is an introspective way of understanding yourself through developing a personal mission statement.
Time Thoughts defines it most succinctly, “A personal mission statement is a description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area of your life. It is a way to focus your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions toward the things that are most important to you.” The creation of a personal mission statement allows room for your best and truest self to grow.
Although it is not a good practice to dwell in the past, a brief visit will help you gather and discard characteristics, desires, successes and failures to build your bridge into the future. This historical journey is most satisfying and meaningful when led by an open and frank assessment of experiences. We need to know who we are in order to dream up who we can become. This is a positive and productive exploration in which you can remember or rejuvenate your passions and discover your purpose. (the style & substance 4 P’s)
• Step 1: Ask yourself these simple questions and write small phrases on a clean sheet of paper…some words/phrases may be negative and some positive, an honest place to start.
What qualities have defined me in the past?