I WILL IS ALL ABOUT WILLPOWER

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The black and white I WILL portraits around campus look great, don’t they? The I WILL statements are pretty cool too. It can’t be so hard to make an I WILL statement for yourself, can it?

It doesn’t look so difficult, but many of you admit to getting stuck when it comes to writing an I WILL statement that really says something about who you are, and what you want to do.

What will you do?

Your I WILL statement should express an ambition that is important to you; one that you want to communicate to everyone else and to the whole world. Such statements are likely to be much more meaningful and important if they reflect your own thoughts or work.

So we’ve put together some tips that might help you to make your own I WILL statement.

STEP 1

First, here are some I will statements from other people. Do you like them? Do you agree with them?

They are about dealing with setbacks and difficulties, a long-term ambition, and improving day-to-day life. They are all quite different, dealing with different parts of life – but they all show the spirit of I WILL.

We want to help you writing a unique statement that fits you as a person, and that you want to share with others.

STEP 2

Let’s get started. Can you identify three parts of your life ‒ or broad goals ‒ that your I WILL statement could be about? For example, what you would like to achieve in your professional or personal life. Once you have done that, you can try formulating a few statements for each before making a choice.

  • Area or Goal 1……
  • Area or Goal 2……
  • Area or Goal 3……

STEP 3

Keep thinking. Now, quickly write four to six sentences that sum up what you would like to accomplish or change for each area or goal. For example…

  • Do better at …
  • Create a happier …
  • Be more efficient at…
  • Plan more thoroughly…

Now add your own…

Then, from this, can you write down about 10 statements about goals that are important to you?

  • I WILL ...
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  • ...

STEP 4

Think about each I WILL statement from Step 3. Can you pick one that is both important to you personally, and would be appropriate to communicate to the outside world?

  • If you are happy with this statement, you are ready to visit the photographer – that’s Step 6.
  • If you can’t pick one statement yet, go to Step 5.

STEP 5

Give yourself some time to let all of your statements sink in. Think about them for a while.

  • Print them out and stick them up above your desk.
  • Look at them today – and again in a couple of days. And again next week, if necessary.
  • If you want, you can ask for feedback from peers or friends. (Make sure they understand what I WILL is about too).

I think I know which is the right one…

After this process of thinking and considering, it might become clear which one of your statements is the right one; it’s an important goal for you, it’s appropriate to show publicly as your RSM I WILL statement, and you wouldn’t be embarrassed having a colleague, a future employer or a family member see it.

I still don’t know which is the right one…

It could be that none of your statements are right – in which you might want to repeat from Step 2 (knowing what you know now) or from Step 3 (keep in mind why you rejected your first set of potential statements).

Your new I WILL statement could even be about something that you did not think of before.

STEP 6

Congratulations, you have now reached the final stage of creating your I WILL!

You know what you want to say ‒ you know what your I WILL statement will be.

The final step is to go to the photographer to get your I WILL photo to go with your I WILL statement, and to show it to the world.

Photo shoots are held regularly in the Mandeville (T) building. Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/iwillrsm, where you can also see the latest I WILL statements from the RSM community.