You could do the same thing over and over again or you could analyze your life and attempt to make changes. Actually I'd argue that you can do more than attempt to make changes you can succeed. But where to start and what to do? The big names in self improvement from Napoleon Hill to Steven R. Covey agree life change can originate with a well though out personal mission statement. 

Here's how to write you first mission statement:

1. Read the following list of values and pick the top five that resonate most with you. You are welcome to do your own search and find your own values or get a brand deck and use it to find your core values. 

Core Values List

  • Authenticity

  • Achievement

  • Adventure

  • Authority

  • Autonomy

  • Balance

  • Beauty

  • Boldness

  • Compassion

  • Challenge

  • Citizenship

  • Community

  • Competency

  • Contribution

  • Creativity

  • Curiosity

  • Determination

  • Fairness

  • Faith

  • Fame

  • Friendships

  • Fun

  • Growth

  • Happiness

  • Honesty

  • Humor

  • Influence

  • Inner Harmony

  • Justice

  • Kindness

  • Knowledge

  • Leadership

  • Learning

  • Love

  • Loyalty

  • Meaningful Work

  • Openness

  • Optimism

  • Peace

  • Pleasure

  • Poise

  • Popularity

  • Recognition

  • Religion

  • Reputation

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Security

  • Self-Respect

  • Service

  • Spirituality

  • Stability

  • Success

  • Status

  • Trustworthiness

  • Wealth

  • Wisdom

2. Take your top five and write a few declarative statements about yourself. For example if you chose "Stability" you might write, "I am creating stability in my life by making good decisions, creating a budget and connecting more with the friends that matter most".  The important thing is that you believe what you write and feel that your statements are positive, declarative and truthful. It's all about what you want to achieve and where you want to go. 

3. Now for the tough part: Read and study your mission statement every day. Update it as you see fit and keep working on it until you can recite it from memory. Through the effort and energy put into perfecting and memorizing, your mission will become ingrained into your thoughts and actions. 

4. Enjoy the ride.