Create life mantras and goals, to enjoy life and increase happiness

Create Life Mantras and Goals to Increase Happiness

Everyone’s mantras and goals will be unique, but will help keep you on track with what matters.

A few years ago, I started to create a Life Crafting notebook. It was created simply using the Notes app on my iPhone to jot down things I wanted to remember to better my life.

My Life Crafting notebook now includes various different tidbits of things that I wanted to remember to enact in my life. Everything from Life Mantras, and goals, to date night Ideas, to quotes I like, and key highlights from books I have read.

But over time, I was able to hone in on life mantras that I have lived by, and wanted to continue to live by. By having my own life mantras, I have created guide rails for my life and have been able to hone decisions that have eventually led to me to exiting my high paying CEO job and accidentally retiring.

So here are my Life Mantras. They are simple and memorable. I keep them in my iPhone notes and revisit, remove and add as needed:

  • Happy wife, happy life
  • Hell Yeah! or no
  • Build great relationships with my kids
  • Live with integrity
  • Never do something just for the money
  • Continuously learn
  • Always be responsive
  • Follow through with commitments
  • Have fun; try not to take things too seriously
  • Never interview for a job
  • Build cool things that matter to people
  • Put family first

These are the guide rails of my life. For the most part, these are the things I have attempted to live by as an adult.

On top of mantras, set personal and professional goals

I want to be clear though, that Life Mantras are not the same thing as goals. Goal setting is really important for personal success. If you don’t have a concrete goal, then you are shooting yourself in the foot.

Life Mantras help you to live the way you want to live. But goals, are aspirational, should be hard to reach, and should be added to over time.

To manage my goals, I simply created a Google Doc many years ago (2011) and jotted down a few goals. Then I periodically go in and add a new date and update/modify goals as things have changed.

So here are my personal goals from 2011:

  • Make my wife VERY happy
  • Have kids
  • Travel at least once a year to someplace new
  • Own house outright
  • Take a mini-retirement to travel
  • Live debt free
  • Own a vacation home
  • Become an angel investor
  • Own several rental properties as long term investments
  • Make a million dollars by the time I am 30
  • Retire Early

Now 10 years later, I have completed 7 of these goals! That is pretty cool. I still haven’t become an angel investor or invested in rental properties, but that is a work in progress.

Here are my professional goals from 2011:

  • Build roots in the Startup Community
  • Learn negotiating strategies
  • Build awesome shit
  • Never have to apply for a job
  • Run a successful company
  • Have ownership stake in successful company
  • Start and build a company from scratch

After looking at those, I would say that I have completed 6 of 7 of these, give or take.

And simply putting the goals down on paper give me focus and drive to complete them. In some ways, I would say I have definitely been obsessive. But between having Life Mantras and Life Goals, I have been able to achieve what I want and live life how I want to.

And one more tool: The Personal Mission Statement

One last thing that I have recently added to my arsenal of mantras and goal setting is a Personal Mission Statement. It rounds out a lot of my Life Crafting tool kit, and is supported by my goals and mantras;

Live a balanced life where family comes first. Have fun, and raise good well rounded kids. Pursue my passions as much as possible, but also give back to the world in some way be it through entrepreneurial ventures that benefit society, or more directly through charity/time/etc.

Accidentally Retired – Personal Mission Statement

So that is that. I have also leveraged other Life Crafting tools such as tracking my daily happiness, journaling every morning via Morning Pages style journaling, and now this site.

It all works together to help improve my happiness, give my life some direction, and ensure that I am always enjoying life. After all, it’s always a “Hell Yeah! or no.”

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    1. Just my way of trying to remind myself to stay entrepreneurial and take the road less traveled. And so far I’ve never had to apply for a job and interview. I’ve either networked my way into them or started my own thing.

    1. Thanks! For me to easily remember, I want them to be clear and concise.

      I want my mantras and goals to be easy to digest and remember.

      I also recently just added “Be in nature” – I realized that every time I hike or go camping or do anything really outside where I can be in the moment my happiness increases 10x.

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