Personal Mission Statements: Got Yours?
Personal mission statements go hand and hand with goal setting as both offer us the opportunity to begin with the end in mind. Why are they important? The same reason why goals are important – they give us purpose and they provide a framework in which to work. Don’t have a personal mission statement yet? Use the following questions to get you started on what can be a fun (and revealing) journey.
- Who are you? Write down some words that you would use to describe you (kind, funny, outgoing, driven), then write down some words that others would use to describe you (innovative, inspirational, focused, patient).
- What do you do? Or, what do you want to do? Write it down.
- When are you doing what you’re doing? Now? In the future? Write it down.
- Where are you doing what you’re doing? At home? At work? In your marriage? In your family? With friends? The public? At a homeless shelter? A dog rescue? Visualize and write it down.
- Why are you doing what you’re doing? To create world peace? To inspire others? Visualize, clarify, and write it down.
Okay, so when you’re finished, you’re going to have a bunch of words, ideas, and sentences that you’re going to have to put together. Don’t let it overwhelm you – I’ll share an example of how my personal mission statement evolved from a page of scribbled notes to this (and, p.s., it’s still not finished):
I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. My legacy will be one of personal integrity, hard work, enthusiasm for life, and love and service for others. At work and at home, with family and with friends, my interactions with others will bring real and lasting personal value. I will achieve this through meaningful conversations, heartfelt listening, genuine care, and God-inspired servitude.
It’s still a work in progress, for sure, but I can use it as a guide (or, reminder when things get crazy) to make sure that what I’m putting my energy into every day is in alignment with what I want for my life and for the lives of those around me.
Okay, now it’s your turn. This weekend, grab a pen and paper, brew a pot of coffee, and get your personal mission statement started. Remember that it’s a living document and will change so don’t stress if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it your first time around. I’d love to hear how you make out though; so, if you get it finished, feel free to share it here!