“We all know that life is about the journey, but having a destination in mind gives a sense of order, structure and, crucially, calm,” Bethenny Frankel said in the February issue of Glamour Magazine. “Plenty of people have a mission statement, even if they don’t call it that.”
Early on in her career, Frankel, author of “A Place of Yes” and reality star of “Bethenny Ever After,” realized she would determine her future, according to Glamour. And this is the mission statement she created:
You are destined for something special. But no one can do it for you, and no on can save you. You have to save yourself.
Frankel gave four easy steps for developing a mission statement:
- Think about what you want.
- Tell everyone or just write it down.
- Live your mission in which ever way you find meaningful.
- Envision everything you do as part of and supporting of your mission.
And here’s what I came up with:
- Thanks to my public relations degree, I have developed a love for brands and branding, so I will use brands as a frame of reference. While brands must balance their employees, customers and investors to create brand trust, I must balance the three most important aspects of my life: Family and friends, professional growth and health, which includes mental, physical and emotional health, to create internal and external trust in myself. As I continue to evolve and change, the balance will also shift. But learning how to balance them is the name of the game.
- Take responsibility and contribute to my destiny. You know what you want, which is to work in entertainment television, specifically in promotions and publicity. Don’t be afraid of your goals and do everything you can to achieve them. You are responsible for your own destiny (This one is similar to our favorite Skinnygirl’s mission statement, but it’s true).
- Invest in myself and my friends and family. Let’s embrace each other and be the best we can be, together. Look at every opportunity as a learning experience.
- Don’t take myself too seriously. It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of our daily lives. But don’t forget to laugh (and dance!) A LOT!
- And, finally, don’t apologize for being who you are. Bethenny said it best: “The more time someone spends hating me, the more I assume there’s something missing in her life, something she hates about herself.”
So here’s Bethenny’s final piece of advice: “Set a solid course for yourself. Then embrace everything life hands you–and when in doubt, consult your mission statement. It has the answer.”