“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
In following weeks I’ll give you a few methods to employ motivation to build up your endurance.
The first method is a personal mission statement. Author Stephen R. Covey defined it as your personal constitution, which
“focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.”
In other words it is your True North compass.
Your mission (your North) is out there, but you have to be willing to search for it. A personal mission statement is your tool which shows you where this North is. Each time you stray from it, your mission statement will correct your course and get you back on track.
The power of your vision you discover via creating your mission statement will compel you to refer to it regularly. It works for me just fine. I repeat my ample mission statement at least once a day and think of it countless times during a single 24 hour period. Since I discovered my purpose I just can’t stop thinking about it.
However, there may be some initial resistance to overcome.
Your subconscious will attempt to subvert your vision in two ways. First is to discourage you from referring to your personal mission statement. That way it can avoid all the hard work involved with fulfilling it. It has many tricks to pull off: it’s almost as if it whispers that you are a crazy megalomaniac because you dare to aim so high. Or it flashbacks your failures to conform to your personal mission statement high standards and discourages you from any further attempts.
If this subversion fails your brain must fulfill your mission statement. If you repeat it every day to yourself, then your subconscious can’t ignore it. Read it once a day to prevent your subconscious from subverting your motivation, otherwise your subconscious will take form of a nagging, annoying whisper that will attempt to ruin your plan and make you seem like you’re crazy.
However, you can’t consistently repeat to yourself every day that you are one thing and contradict your belief by committing actions of the opposite effect. It’s unbearable for your brain: it needs coherence and integrity. It will yield to your will having no other choice.
So don’t give it a choice. Just resolve to review your personal mission statement every day. Develop an immovable habit of referring to it and you will eventually win. It’s just the question of time.
Don’t let impatience discourage you, because you have your whole life to win.
When asked about my consistency I initially wrote a blog post. My friend kept asking me questions about my grit, so I wrote a whole book about developing consistency.
Consistency For You
My close friends nicknamed me “Mr. Consistency.” I hope you’ll get similar nick after reading this book 😉