Forget about Resolutions: Make a New Year’s Personal Mission for 2017

It’s that time of year where everyone is talking about New Year’s Resolutions! This is an exciting time; time to start anew; time to let yourself get a fresh start, or to make changes in your life.New Year's

If your New Year’s Resolutions go anything like mine, it probably is really exciting New Year’s night, and then falls flat sometime around February 1st (if I even make it that long).

Did you know only about 8% of most Americans actually keep their resolutions?! Say what? Well, at least now I know I’m not the only one.

How can we make our resolutions stick?

Find your purpose and meaning behind the resolution, and there you will find your motivation to succeed.

Do your New Year’s resolutions sound something like this:

“I’m going to quit smoking.”

“I’m going to start working out again.”

“I will stop yelling at my kids.”


Where is your personal “why” that is motivating you, pushing you, towards achievement?


Vince Lombardi, an inspiring football coach who inspired his players with the Green Bay packers to be the most dominating team in the 60s, said this:


“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength; not a lack of knowledge; but rather a lack of will.”


Making a personal mission statement can help find your will and “why” to achieve your resolution this year! According to the Cleveland Clinic, having a personal mission statement will give you that push to put in the work needed to reach your goals.


Therefore, instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, try a new spin – a New Year’s Personal Mission. Follow these easy steps from the Cleveland Clinic, to master your statement just in time for the big ball to drop:

1) Identify what you are passionate about.

2) Ask yourself what is the most important thing in your life right now.

3) Own your values and your character traits.

4) Know your strengths.

5) Brainstorm what will make the most impact in your personal life.

6) Think back on your happiest moments in your life and have them ready.

7) Identify who you most admire and the reasons you admire him/her.

8) Ask yourself if you had no limits or restraints, what would you want to do with your life?

Now, take this list and put your goal into a working plan. Here are some examples to help you get started:

“To become closer to my kids by talking to them each day about things they liked and things that they have questions about from their day; so that I can come to understand them better and learn more about what makes them happy, angry, or sad to develop more awareness for when these emotions come up and I don’t get lost and overwhelmed and lose my cool so often.”


Tada! There’s your New Year’s Personal Mission!


Still aren’t sure if this will work? Well, I believe in you and I want you to succeed, so here are more tips to help you with your mission:

  1. Say it out loud. People who actually let at least one other person know what their mission is, are 10 times more likely to succeed at achieving their mission. It holds you accountable for what you are trying to achieve. And honestly, don’t we all hate losing face?
  2. Be specific when you’re writing. A mission statement is meant to be your guide for when you forget your way. Don’t just say, “I’m going to stop yelling at my kids.” Add more depth so that when you look back you’ll remember exactly what you can do to start moving forward.
  3. Be yourself. A personal mission statement isn’t meant to change who you are at the core. It is meant to give you clarity for how you can work WITH your personality and bridge your values with your purpose to be effective.


I would love to hear what you create! Share your personal mission statements below.