I’ve done this one before, and I found it interesting to really look at where my focuses were:
A good way to define who you are and where you’re headed is to create a mission statement. A mission statement keeps you focused and prevents you from drifting off course. It also serves as a launching point and serves as a solid foundation made of self-awareness and a greater sense of purpose.
I keep a copy of my own personal mission statement in a folder on my desktop. I look at it and edit it occasionally so it’s always current, and tied to my goals.
When I was going through education, I had a very set pattern ahead of me. School. College. University. Then what? I was swallowed so much by the choices in education as it was, I had no idea where to look once that structure had reached a natural ending.
I’ve tried many different ways to focus and ground myself, and this one works quite well for me. Yes, I do have to revise it often, and no I don’t think that’s really the point. One statement, you follow. But life, at least in my case, doesn’t work that way for long. I have to evolve my plans as my focus shifts, and it does so at lot at the moment.
Still, if you feel adrift in a sea of choices and possibilities it’s worth a shot. Even if it doesn’t ground you career-wise, it helps you to see what other parts of your life you want to invest in. Socialising, further education or training, hobbies and interests. Everything has its place to make your lifetime complete, so why not write it down? Then you can keep reminding yourself where you’re going.