Let me ask you a question. If you could do absolutely anything and there was no risk of failure, what would you do? The answer probably won’t surprise you all that much, but what it shows you is just how much you have allowed fear to hold you back. Fear causes you to bide your time, to wait, to wonder about what you should be doing with your life.
So, what is it? Failure isn’t an option anymore, what would you do?
Would you go bungee jumping? Skydiving? Surfing or scuba diving?
Would you travel the world or road trip across America?
Would you make more time for your family?
Would you quit your job and chase the career you always really wanted?
Would you start a business?
Would you go to college and get a degree?
If there was nothing standing in your way, what would you be doing? There’s a good chance it’s wildly different from what your life looks like right now.
Nothing Is As Bad As You Expect It To Be
Despite your fear of failure, more often than not you don’t actually fail when you put your hand to things. The worst case scenario is rarely the outcome that we experience. Yet, we still allow that fear to hold us back. It’s something that you need to overcome, just as you would any other obstacle, just one step at a time. With every step, your confidence grows and you start to truly believe in yourself.
When you were young and learning how to ride a bike you were afraid of falling off. So, you relied on your training wheels and probably for a bit longer than necessary. Yet, when those training wheels were removed, you still had that initial worry that you’d fall… but you didn’t (and even if you did, it probably wasn’t that bad, though it may have felt as if it was at the time).
To Succeed You First Must Try
We often lay blame on external circumstances. You can’t do what you want because the economy is too unpredictable right now. You can’t start a business because you don’t have enough spare time to get it up and running and you certainly can’t leave your job before it’s turning a profit.
You can’t make your idea a reality because it isn’t marketable enough. We are guilty of shifting the blame. Then we’re stuck living a life that we didn’t really sign up for, we’re left languishing in an unhappy existence where we’re merely treading water.
In that, we start to tell ourselves lies about how we’re too lazy to do better, we become careless and lose the faith. All because we’re too afraid to fail. We all reach a point where we are exhausted by life, but it’s what you do in those moments that can make all the difference. Do you continue with the exhaustion or are you prepared to make a change and overcome your fears?
So, ask yourself the question again – what would your day look like if you could do whatever you want without worrying about failure?
Would you act with courage?
Exercise your imagination?
Embrace your dreams?
Chase after your goals?
Redesign your life?
You wouldn’t be worried about failing, so… do it. Even if it’s just an experiment – take a risk and live an entire day without worrying about failure and see what can happen when you learn to let go and chase your dreams.
If you truly want something then start by envisioning it and learning what steps you need to take to chase it and capture it for yourself. You can do it, you can do anything…, and the only thing that’s stopping you is yourself.
Writing Your Life Mission Statement
Most all major corporations and small businesses have a mission statement. Why? Because it hones in on the purposes and goals of the company. A mission statement gives people a clear and unarguable guide to what the company aims to achieve.
A ‘Life Mission Statement’ statement can do the same for you, which is your personal life’s mission and the kind of statement we are talking about here.
Your Life Mission Statement
Why should you write a mission statement?
It gives a clear and concise picture of what is important to you and the kind of life you want to live. This makes it easier to stay on track and focused with all your goals, values, and acts as an in inspiration through all your days.
Some people live life as victims of circumstance, while others design their life, as they want it to be, for the later the mission statement acts as a physical manifestation of that plan and that design.
Your mission statement doesn’t just have to reflect the qualities that you already possess. It can include the characteristics that you aspire to, reminding you of the work you must do to reach the level of excellence that you think will complete your character.
This exercise provides you the opportunity to really reflect and look deep inside to identify what you want, how you want to live, the things that are important to you and what you want to achieve.
When you want to come up with your very own Life Mission Statement, you need to sit down and have a good think about the things that are most important to you.
What do you value most about your life?
What do you want to achieve?
What is most important to you?
What is the theme of your life?
Think about what you want to see when you are an old man or woman, looking back over your life, considering the things you did or didn’t do with your time. Perhaps, the things you would like to be remembered for in your eulogy.
Your Life Mission Statement needs to reflect all of these qualities.
Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
Once you have considered the things you want your mission statement to include, the things that you find to the most admirable qualities you can aspire to, you’re ready to put it together.
A good mission statement will be clear and simple, usually contained within just two or three short sentences.
Let’s take a look at a few examples:
“I consider my success to be determined by the amount of people I help. Helping other people to achieve their dreams, and reach their aspirations is the highest priority in my life.”
“Family always comes first. I think there is no greater meaning to my life than to help those who I am closest to live a truly happy and contented way of life.”
“My business is my life. The highest qualities I can hope to instill in my business are the ones I aim to reflect in my own life. These being honesty, integrity, courage, and the practice of fairness and equality.”
As you can see from all of these examples, they are extremely personal.
They reflect the qualities that a person wants to uphold, and they express a sincere desire to uphold those qualities with the best of intentions. Also, they all contain the word ‘I’. This is because they are designed to reflect the intentions and consciousness of the speaker.
Put your own personal Life Mission Statement together, and come up with as many examples that you can.
Once you have a good selection of potential candidates, read them aloud while visualizing yourself speak to a large audience.
If you honestly think that you can uphold its intent, and that it fits who you are at the deepest levels of your being, you have found the right Life Missions Statement to live by, helping you to live the fullest possible life you can live.
Take your time and consider this deeply.
Of course, you can make changes as life develops, and this further allows you to stay in touch and recognize how you are changing and growing as a person.