The Law of Attraction dictates that you should think, speak and act as though a certain condition already exists rather than “wishing” for it to exist. Your personal mission statement should be no different. It is always written and/or thought of in the present tense, as though you have already become the person that you have described. It is always positive rather than negative. And it is always personal.
The reasoning behind this approach is that your subconscious mind can only accept your mission statement as a set of commands when you phrase it in the present, positive and personal tenses. “I am an exceptional manager,” is a perfect example. After every managerial decision, you should quickly reread your personal mission statement and ask yourself if your recent actions were more like the manager you want to be, or more like the manager you envision yourself as being.
Your goal is that, when one of your team members is asked to describe you in detail as a manager, the team member will recite your personal mission statement voluntarily. In other words, the way you have treated your team members will have been so exemplary that your team will describe you in the most glowing of terms.
Once you have developed a mission statement like this, you can build upon it by adding additional qualities to it that more clearly define the qualities you’ve already listed. It becomes your personal credo, your statement of beliefs and should serve as a guide to your behavior in all your interactions with others.
Over time, a remarkable thing will happen. As you read and review your personal mission statement, you will find yourself, almost unconsciously, shaping your words and conforming your behaviors so that you are more and more like the ideal person you have defined. People will notice the change in you almost immediately. Over time, you will find that you are actually creating within yourself the kind of character and personality that best defines the person you aspire to be. You will have become the molder and the shaper of your own personal destiny.
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