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In life, defining your personal mission can be a great source of inspiration. The right mission statement can help you experience personal growth, freedom from a to-do list, and increased presence in all aspects of your life. You can also counteract the injustice in the world by solving a problem or achieving a result.
Creating a personal mission statement
To create a personal mission statement, you need to think about what you most want in life. This statement should reflect the most important aspects of your life, including your professional and personal life. It should be short and straightforward, and reflect your core values, goals, and stories. Most importantly, it should speak to others and simplify complex questions.
With our core values in place, we are finally ready to establish our personal mission statement. The reason for being.
But when you think of the idea of a mission statement, what comes to mind? You probably think about big corporations who use mission statements to align the values and beliefs of hundreds of 1000s of people who together make up the company or its customers.
But mission statements aren’t just for big corporations. In fact, because they’re so important for groups of people, they’re even more important for you to have as an individual.
Why you ask? Well, a mission statement gives you a rational idea of where you want to go in life. And by knowing where you want to go, you’ll know exactly the type of person you need to become, and exactly the type of life that you need to build.
“If you want to create level 10 results, become a level 10 person first” quote by Hal Elrod. And the first step to doing so is defining your mission statement. But where the heck do we start? There are so many wonderful causes, missions, purposes and endeavors out there, from saving the whales to touching the lives of others, to cleaning up the environment or even just impacting your local community. Which mission is right for you?
At its core, a mission statement should reflect your personal passion and the values it reflects. Hopefully, by now you have a pretty good idea what those things look like. Using that knowledge about yourself. There are a few guiding questions and tools that can help you make your mission statement an absolute winner.
First, a personal mission statement should address the following questions.
- What is my life about?
- What do I stand for?
- What actions Am I taking to live out those two things?
These actions could include being compassionate with others, telling the truth, seeking to heal, going outside my comfort zone, or any other thoughts that you may do to shine true to your values and your purpose.
👁Anatomy of good mission statement
A useful mission statement should also include two pieces:
- What do I wish to accomplish and contribute to the world?
- And who do I want to be?
In answering that last question, I want you to think not just about some caricature or figure or a role or a job title, but imagine the character strengths and qualities you wish to develop.
We understand that this can still be challenging. And for that reason, you should practice two powerful motivating exercises:
The first describe your ideal day. This is not about being practical. Imagine if you had all the money all the time, relationships and other resources that you need. What would you be like? How would you relate to others? What would you be doing? What relationships would you have?
Included as many sides of you as possible; enthusiasm, creativity, your competences, your artistic talent, your introversion or extroversion, physical exercise, play, nurturing or anything can go into this thought process.
The second exercise asks you to imagine what you want written on your tombstone? How do you want to be remembered? What is your highest potential? Now make that potential higher, deeper, more broad, more global. Do this again and again and again until you can’t make it any bigger.
When you put all of that together, a picture should start to crystallize and soon you’ll have a wonderful idea of your tentative mission statement.
Of course, this is something that can change and grow as you do. But it’s important to have a mission at every point in your life, and to check in with yourself to make sure that it’s still the right one.
What an effective mission statement looks like.
Well, allow me to share mine. My mission is to positively impact the daily lives of people by teaching them how to learn more effectively, and to inspire others to live happier, healthier, and more balanced, more fulfilling lives outside of convention, or commonly accepted constraints.
Another example for mission statement says, I am healthy in mind, body and spirit. I live life fully, authentically and in colour. Through my meaningful work, I make a difference in the lives of people of all ages as they move forward on their journeys. I live a life of serenity and exploration, sharing time with loved ones, exploring culture, growth, creativity and leisure.
Homework! What to do next?
Now it’s your turn. Your homework is to complete establishing your mission statement. We strongly suggest that you take time with each of the questions and not just rush to get to the good part of writing a mission statement. The more you invest, the happier you will be with the outcome.
By creating a personal mission statement, you can make better decisions, be more focused, and experience greater satisfaction in your life. Make a personal mission statement today!