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I trust that you had a wonderful holiday season and may be experiencing the re-entry blues associated with getting back to work and a regular schedule.  For some, it feels good to be back on track; however, is now the best time to be setting personal goals for 2019?

January is a great time for self-reflection; with less daylight, nature is providing us the perfect environment for a little more sleep and deep thinking! Give yourself a break and ease into the changes you want to make adequately prepare for what is coming next.  

There is a lot of chatter about “finding your purpose”. We all have a shared purpose – to live, survive and thrive in this life, on earth, at this time in history.  What sets us apart, in a most unique way, is our individual, personal mission. We all have the big assignment to love, however, each of us has an important mission that has been designed for us.

I believe that we have been given certain tools of our personality (strengths) that help us define and carry out that mission. It is more than a branding or marketing slogan; a personal mission statement is a high-level recognition of who you are, what you value and how you choose to operate.  

Do you have a personal mission statement; one for you, your life, your dreams, who you are and what you are here to do?

Remember, in the words of Stephen Covey (Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind), “All things are created twice.  There’s there a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things." If you don’t have a destination in mind, any path will get you there!

What could be more important than to be very clear about our thoughts and contributions to the world while we are here?

Think of your goals as waypoints on a long journey and the mission statement a commitment to the journey. January is a great time to start out with a fresh budget. Let’s say your goal is to pay off your holiday credit card debt and save 6K in 2019.  So you set up a system that analyzes your income and spending to keep you on track. So far so good.

What is missing?  Your dreams; the things that you want to happen in 2019 are bigger than a budget.  Your personal or collaborative WHY! You want to travel; donate some of your resources to a worthy cause, build a business, start a family, change jobs, learn new skills and invest in yourself through education and training or retire and do what you have always wanted to do!

The mission statement is the foundational tool that guides all of these life decisions; the decisions that put you on the path to meaningful fulfillment.  

For example; My personal mission is to nurture, inspire and express conscious creativity and love in myself and others through music and the arts, spiritual growth, communion with nature, and a strong community of friends  & family that celebrate and support each other through the events of life. (I have a separate mission statement for my professional work!)

In real estate, there is a term, “Highest and Best Use” when evaluating a specific property.

I would like to challenge you to consider: What is the Highest and Best Use of your Time, Talent and Treasure?  Ultimately, the Highest and Best use of your Time, Talent and Treasure is going to align with your personal mission statement. Ask yourself before you commit to anything; does this activity, expense or contribution of my talents move me closer to the final goal of completing my mission in this life?

I know, big questions, however, for some of us at the half-way point in this life, this is the only question we should be asking!

If you would like to dig into developing your personal mission statement, here are some good resources to get you started:  The Path by Laurie Beth Jones,  (link to the worksheet: and Stephen R. Covey’s Developing Your Personal Mission Statement.  You can develop a mission statement with your partner or family as well.

I love to do this work so please reach out if you would like some help working through the process.  It is good to have some guidance along the way!

In the Spirit of Strengths,


Jennifer Seaver Stokes is a Creator of Maximal Opportunities for Mutual Growth through her coaching practice @  Tuned In Coaching.  She helps individuals, couples and groups connect with their inner genius through strengths discovery and energy mastery. This partnership, created through the coaching process, empowers clients to leverage internal assets for external success.

Areas of expertise and experience include Career Transition,  Strengths Coaching and Training, Mastermind Facilitation, and Group Coaching. 

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