Many people make New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year only to end up breaking them in a few early months, so my personal practice has evolved to take a long term view of one’s life. Following Steven Covey’s guidance after reading his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1991, I wrote my mission statement – which essentially is a view of how you want to live the rest of your life. As inspiration for your own mission statement, I have included mine as a template for those of you who are inspired to take the time to look ahead towards the rest of your lives. This Mission Statement has been my “North Star” for many years since 1991 and has helped keep me on track to accomplish much of what I have shared in my Mission Statement.
I later met Steven Covey at a conference as a fellow presenter and shared my MS with him. He has since passed (may the good Lord rest his soul in eternal peace), but before he passed, he wrote me an insightful letter as feedback on my MS. The essence of his advice was that writing the Mission Statement is the beginning, but the real growth and wisdom-learning is in the actual practice of the principles you espouse to emulate and own in your life. So, my practice each year is to review my MS and see if within the year I have successfully practiced these principles. If I faltered, I reflect on what wisdom could be garnished from failures and how I can use that wisdom not to falter in the same issue again.
While the MS prepared me well for the challenges I had to navigate in my life pursuant to writing it, the one thing it did not prepare me for was how to deal with the loss of my only son Tariq. I am not sure how one would ever want to prepare oneself for losing a child – a concept that never entered my psyche. However, it happened and 4 years after that tragedy in 1995, I reflected on the lesson and how the Universe had guided me to respond to this devastating negative tragedy in a positive way. So, as you will see, the 1999 entry on the bottom of my MS reflects this wisdom. In other words, it is impossible to anticipate everything, so if something does occur outside of ones MS – this addition will create a positive attitude.
While I hope no one has to face such a hard hit – I believe developing a MS based on the roles you have chosen in your lives is a worthwhile effort to provide you with guidance as you grow in spiritual strength and resiliency in the journey to full enlightenment. It has helped me and my hope is it will do the same for you.
“Azim’s Mission Statement”
My mission statement is to achieve a balanced life that is in total communication and unity with the essence of nature. In my pursuit of this mission, I am deeply and sincerely committed to achieving the following standards of effectiveness and excellence in my below mentioned self-chosen roles:
Addition to Mission Statement
4 years after Tariq’s death – 11/99
LEARN TO TRUST LIFE
Since one does not know what lies in store for oneself – how could I ever have prepared for the loss of my child -my mission statement does not deal with that possibility. Life is a mystery and that may be a good thing!
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