When things get difficult (and they will get hard), then go back to the fundamental of WHY you started.
We all have a reason why we start our paths, why we switch lanes and why we took turns on the crossroads, the most important part to avoid losing our way is to have the reason why started very clear.
“Remember why you started” is a powerful quote, that I use when I need an extra boost of energy to keep going.
Sometimes we don’t think about this but when we act, we reveal our intentions, and our internal compass will tell us when we are not acting according to our true self.
Write down your mission statement
Writing your “personal mission statement” is very important, it doesn’t have to complex or a 2-page essay, with 1 or 2 paragraphs will be perfect and to read it often, socialize concepts with your closed ones, until you know is right and it will feel right when you are using it to inspire yourself to push to the best.
I’ve spent a good amount of time reading stoics philosophers and modern authors about this topic, it could get complicated to think about this too much, sometimes it could feel like a rabbit hole with no end, however, I have found this is time well spent to reinforce your values, your mission and your goal in life.
Keep improving your mission statement
This discussion started many centuries ago, and still a relevant topic, I’d say more now than ever because as we evolve, we have more technology which makes what used to be complicated tasks into trivial activities, leaving more time for us to challenge why we do the things we do.
Spend some time to think about this. Write it down. Improve it over time, don’t be afraid to rewrite if it doesn’t feel right. Eventually, it will feel natural to you. Don’t forget to keep pushing hard, part of this mission will be revealed by the everyday work you do.
Books for inspiration
We need to have a clear north, part of all plans is to have a clear sense of where you are heading. Here’s a list of books to get you started on this topic:
- Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
- 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, by Hyrum W. Smith