During the first ten days of 2015, I did some deep work.
Even though I was enjoying my life, I knew there were areas where I wanted to improve. Not all of the activities that had my full attention were contributing to moving my life toward what I wanted for myself. So what was I supposed to do?
I had already signed up for a business class to support my tutoring business, but I wanted to know how that fit into the grand scheme of things.
So I took the time to do something for me. I reflected, and I worked earnestly through an online class. And it enhanced my life. Greatly.
The class I am talking about is Happy Black Woman, Rosetta Thurman's Find Your Purpose: How to Develop a Personal Mission Statement and Create a Clear Roadmap for Your Life.
Sound appealing? Well, it did to me, and I went ahead and purchased it even though I'd never purchased anything from her before. This is the kind of thing that only works if you do it, but I can tell you, if you do it, it works.
During the class, I became aware of my top 5 character strengths, evaluated my life and my satisfaction with it in four key areas, named my values, and crafted a mission statement. (I didn't do the roadmap part, because I was working with another tool for that.)
Honestly, out of the materials I purchased last year, this has provided the highest value to me personally. Because Rosetta knows how to guide people through the process, if you take the 3-4 hours to fill out all of the materials, you will come up with a mission statement that is uniquely yours and uniquely you.
I put mine inside of my planner. It is the page that marks "Today," so when I flip to the current week, I see my mission statement. I read it every so often and remind myself of why I am here and what I should be doing.
I have not reached all of my goals yet, but I grew my leaps and bounds in 2015. Participating in this workshop was not the only thing I did to work toward my goals, but it provided the foundation that kept me true to myself and focused on my personal purpose.
I am currently re-taking the workshop for 2016. It has been interesting so see how I've grown over the past year, and how my priorities are changing as I have achieved some of my goals.
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