Your lifestyle mission statement has similarities to it like that of a mission statement for a business. In a paragraph or so, it summarizes and encapsulates what it is that you want to accomplish. It’s the end result… your goals. It tells what you are all about. So, it’s all about the look, the feel, and the ambiance that will be a unique expression of you, your personality, and your interests.
How you want to see your environment and how you want others to see you in your environment is included in your lifestyle mission statement. It clearly states and communicates the intangible aspects that you want to become a reality. Would you like your decision-making skills to happen much more fluently? Once your mission statement is solidified, you’ll refer to it and let it guide you on your path. It becomes the level, the plumb-bob, the straight-edge, etc. It removes all the ambiguity and brings a great amount of clarity to any size of project. It not only saves; but enhances your time, money, energy, and resources.
In addition, having a lifestyle mission statement prevents you from getting “information overload.” Because of the vast amount of choices there are in the marketplace, your lifestyle mission statement helps you to cut to the chase, through the fog, and it becomes a lighthouse that guides you to your safe haven.
There are more benefits to developing your lifestyle mission statement. It supports your ability to prioritize tasks. It also acts as a filter not only to help you decide whether or not to complete specific tasks, but it also encourages you to complete the vital tasks first, then deal with the lowest-priority ones last. You can then evaluate other alternatives that “upgrade” you to achieving maximum results. This directly works in alignment with your life, unique personality, and how you schedule things every day. It helps guide you intellectually, as well as emotionally.
Making decisions without proper planning is a fairly common occurrence, and it usually does not end very well. One of my favorite quotes revolves around the six P’s: “Proper-Prior-Planning-Prevents-Poor-Performance!”
Another great benefit to be derived from a properly planned and enunciated lifestyle mission statement is the alleviation of “paralysis of analysis.” This condition causes over-thinking and over-analysis that literally paralyzes any forward action or motion. It is a direct result of having an immense lack of clarity!
By writing your “mission statement,” you’ll stimulate your mind and enable yourself to dig much deeper into your ability to express your true self in regards to your interior design and decorating. For example, let’s say a lady wanted a sophisticated living room that showcased her travels and experiences from around the world. I would help her come up with as many adjectives as possible that describe the feeling or ambiance she desires. Then we would write a paragraph or “mission statement” to describe her particular space using the adjectives and descriptive phrases we came up with.
Your lifestyle mission statement will now be your roadmap to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. It also helps to get you to your destination in a very satisfying way.
Steven C. Adamko, is the owner and founder of Spectrum Interiors, established in 1982.
All of Steve’s designs are personally tailored to the client with the result being orchestrated with the desired Ambiance that is seen, felt, understood, and experienced. He works in a broad range and spectrum of residential and commercial design, as well as furniture and lighting design. His services to others include teleseminars, webinars, and seminars.