My mission, if I choose to accept it:

by Rebecca A. Watson on July 31, 2011

in balance, dreams, goals, life

“I definitely want to get you a piano,” Sante said.

I want one too. Although I hated the 12 years of lessons I took, I sure do love how well I can rock a piano. And there is something about running my fingers across keys that aren’t on a computer that sings to my soul.

Piano

But the thing is, even for a girl who knows how to slow down time, I’ve just got so many things I want to do. And I don’t know about you, but there are times where I’ll be sorting laundry and 45 minutes later I’ll still not be finished because I got distracted by the floor that needed to be swept or some physical therapy exercises I needed to do or a Twitter post I so desperately needed to type before I forgot it.

Now that I’ve started working on my own business and writing another book, I’ve really added to the amount of things I want to do every day. Things like getting a  piano, joining up with Team in Training or singing in a band might be fun and right up my alley, I’m not sure if I have the energy to devote to them right now. So what’s a (distracted) girl to do?

I can talk and Tweet at the same time, I swear.

A few months ago I finished up my business plan, and one of things I had to write was my company’s mission statement. This was a guiding statement you could use to make decisions about clients, accounting practices, everything really. Recently it dawned on me that I can use that same principle in my life. If I have a mission statement for my life, then I could use that to guide my decision-making every day.

This has been a revelation and a godsend for me. Oftentimes I have been pulled between options, wondering what to do. Depending on what my state of mind or mood is, I can end up choosing something that ultimately doesn’t serve me. I’m not saying I didn’t have fun going out to happy hour, but I am saying that the choice to close the blinds and watch four episodes of Heroes probably didn’t get me closer to my dreams. (Although I still don’t regret it. That show rules.)

Knowing what you want is so important to success. It provides the road map. If you don’t know what you want, how are you supposed to get there? It’s like taking a trip and not choosing your destination until you get to the airport. How are you supposed to know what to pack? What kind of money you will need? Or if you need a visa? Or what local treats you can’t miss?

Frankfurt airport *must haves*

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes traveling like that can be fun, but if you’re only allowed one trip in all of your life, wouldn’t you want to make the absolute most of it? If you know where you’re going, you can afford to enjoy the ride and to have a good time. That’s why I’m stoked to have my mission statement guiding my life:

I want to be a successful and influential author and business woman who is physically, spiritually and mentally healthy and who has healthy and loving relationships.

If  that means skipping a happy hour to go to the gym and waiting on the piano until my first book is published, then so be it.  But I also know it doesn’t mean I can’t watch a little TV because Heroes is part of my sound mental health 😉 Balance is key, after all.

So what do you think? Is a mission statement the way to go? Or is it too structured? Too formulaic? Do you have a mission statement? I’d love to know!

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