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Dont Settle For Less Than Your Personal Mission by JoAnna Carey

Don't Settle For Less Than Your Personal Mission
Copyright 2005 JoAnna Carey, Carey'D Away Enterprises, LLC.

Success is not an easy concept to define. What does it take
to be successful? How does success look? When should a
person feel like a success? Once success is achieved, how
can new goals be set without diminishing the value of one's
previous accomplishments? Can success ever be realized when
time is finite and obligations seem endless? These questions
may be answered best with the following question, "Who is
the person defining success?"

Take the initiative to define your own success by developing
a personal mission statement. A personal mission statement
is developed by focusing on the qualities that make you
unique, such as, who you are, what you would like to do,
your hopes, fears and wishes. It can be as ambitious or as
simplistic as you desire, and it is ever-changing.

What if you don't feel confident enough to create a personal
mission statement? Start with a group of goals you would
like to accomplish over the next year. Keep experimenting
until you find an idea that you believe you were meant to
relentlessly pursue. Remember, it is your mission and it can
change as you grow and excel; you are the only limit to what
you can become.

Still having trouble defining personal success? Imagine that
a genie were to grant you three wishes. If all you can come
up with is, "I would like to be rich and thin," you haven't
taken enough time to know your true goals. Ask yourself what
you would DO if you were rich and thin and you will see a
hint of your true mission. Now ask yourself if any of the
things you named are things you can do right now and, if so,
why do you choose not to follow through.

This is a very personal key. Measuring your standards on a
bar set by others means permanently installing yourself on a
treadmill of your own making. Have the courage to determine
what you want out of life and make a promise to yourself
that you will not settle for less than your vision of

I see this dilemma often among parents with young children.
Some are stay-at -home moms who would really like to work at
least part-time. Others are working at careers that leave
them unsatisfied, when they would really prefer to spend
more time with their children. And although we don't often
hear about this dilemma among fathers, there are a growing
number of men who are sharing equally in the day-to-day
activities of child rearing and would also like more
flexible work schedules. Take the time to determine what is
most important in your life and be honest with yourself as
you identify a personal mission statement.

When you take the time to know where you are headed, you
will begin to see opportunities that will help you reach
your goals. By honoring your vision of success, you'll be in
the best position to take that next bold step toward
personal fulfillment. Start with a few things you want to
change, ideas you want to pursue, people you want to meet,
or a new hobby you want to try. Then, when you see an
opportunity that will help you reach your unique goals,
embrace the challenge. Above all, commit to keeping your
life mission foremost in your mind because it will help you
identify your aspirations and serve as a roadmap as you
navigate the maze.

*Adapted from the book Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential &
The Maze of Life. All rights reserved.

About The Author:

JoAnna Carey, aka "The Rat Race Relaxer," is available for
radio, TV and print interviews. She's an energetic entrepreneur
who merges her life experience and business success to
perform enjoyable, influential presentations. She
is the producer and host of her own weekly television
program titled The Rat Race RelaxerT Show and the author of
Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life. Contact
Carey'D Away Enterprises, LLC;

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