Achieving Your Life Mission
Randal A. Wright
Cedar Fort, 2009
If you receive Mormon Times with your newspaper subscription on
Thursday mornings, you may have seen ads for the handbook that
accompanies this book: The 3 Word Journal and you may have wondered
Even if you haven't seen the ads, you may be aware that as members of
the LDS Church, we have been urged again and again to keep journals and
to include our own personal histories with our family histories. In
fact, these things are commandments.
Well, with a new year coming, and the opportunity to get serious about a
New Year's Resolution to get started on your personal history (as well
as a great opportunity to give a wonderful last minute Christmas gift to
those in your family who need to get serious about journal keeping and
personal histories), I can not more strongly recommend that you consider
this book and the handbook as gifts — to yourself and your loved ones.
Not only does the handbook give you ample room and guidance on personal
histories and journal keeping, but it provides wonderful memory triggers
to help you bring the important experiences in your life to your
remembrance. I almost couldn't sleep the night I started reading The 3
Word Journal because my mind was racing with ideas and memories.
And Achieving Your Life Mission explains that there is more to
personal histories and journals than just keeping a record. Each and
every one of us was sent here for a purpose. Not just the general
purposes that we all have come for, but for specific, individual
purposes that are different for every person. Some have no problem
figuring out what they are supposed to do with their lives, but many of
us need a little help.
Achieving Your Life Mission not only discusses the steps to creating
your personal history and keeping your journal, even for those who
believe they can't write so much as a shopping list, it also helps you
see how the things that have happened in your life have prepared you for
your life's mission. Our Heavenly Father didn't send us here and leave
us stranded. He truly is in the details, and He has been involved in
preparing us for our lifes' missions. If you can examine your life
through the wonderful memory triggers The 3 Word Journal provides, and
if you incorporate the insights Achieving Your Life Mission offers,
with the help of The Spirit, you can learn what you're supposed to be
doing, and you can turn your life in a direction that will bring you
greater fulfillment and happiness.
Achieving Your Life Mission shows you how to start with your
patriarchal blessing, and then goes on to encourage the very kinds of
asking-questions-and-writing-down-the-answers sessions with the Lord
that Elder Scott described in his October 2009 conference talk. Gifts,
talents, and strengths and how to use them are also covered, as well as
Personal history writing helps us to "Discover Why You Are the Way You
Are" and makes it possible to "Write a Personal Mission Statement,"
"Create a Vision," and "Set and Achieve Worthwhile Goals." These are
all chapters in the book that are followed by chapters on education,
planning, work, desire and determination, perseverance, decision-making,
overcoming procrastination, keeping physically fit, getting plenty of
rest, and having a positive attitude. Practical and basic approaches to
making your life better and happier.
One of the last chapters encourages recording the things learned in the
process. Not only will this help those who actually keep such records,
but the stories of such learning experiences will be of help and
inspiration to others, just as the stories included in the chapters of
this book and in the talks the author has given to numerous groups have
been an inspiration to his readers and listeners.
The 3 Word Journal is not available on Amazon the way Achieving Your
Life Mission is, but it can be ordered through www.3WordJournal.com.
The workbook explains the 3-word summary approach which is amazingly
inspiring and simple to use. There are also worksheets for "Valuable
Lessons Learned in My Life"; a place to list at least 100 life goals;
places for listing strengths and weaknesses, how weaknesses hold you
back, and commitments to change; page after page of sheets with memory
cues for listing 3-word summaries of important memories; and spaces for
more than one attempt at a life mission statement; all clearly explained
with samples that are faith-promoting and encouraging.
It isn't too late to get these books, for yourself and for your loved
ones. Christmas may be a week away, but the New Year is a week after
that. And the new year is not the only time for life-changing
resolutions. You can start to discover your purpose, record your
experiences, and share what you've learned any time. But the sooner you
do it, the better. I've already started and I love what I'm learning