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 lean
- 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;
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.”