Personal mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area of your life over the next one to three years. It is a way to focus your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions towards the things that are most important to you.
While there is no right or wrong way to write your personal mission statement the following guidelines may be helpful:
- Keep it simple, clear and brief. The best mission statements tend to be 3 to 5 sentences long.
- Focus on and who you want to become as a person (character) in this part of your life. Think about specific actions, behaviors, habits and qualities that would have a significant positive impact in this part of your life over the next one to three years.
- Make sure your mission statement is positive. Find the positive alternatives to any negative statements.
- Create a mission statement that will guide you in your day-to-day actions and decisions. Make it a part of your everyday life.
- Think about how your mission affects the other areas of your life. Is it consistent with your other personal mission statements?
Will it conflict with or contradict something else? Is it balanced?
- Make it emotional.
Remember that your mission statement is not forever. It will continue to change and evolve as you gain insights about yourself and what you want out of each part of your life. My mission statements change as my aspirations change. As I grow and evolve
Two of My Mission Statements…
“To create a profitable membership website with an exciting atmosphere, great learning, support and excellent service where solopreneurs truly enjoy coming to prosper. To provide a safe and energizing environment where our members and providers gain great value. Where solopreneurs are attracted and refer others.”
“To exercise and meditate daily and eat healthy foods. I will strive to make a positive difference in every person I interact with and always continue to improve my mind, body and spirit. I will continue to learn and grow spiritially and intellectually, remaining full of gratitude at all times.”
Your mission statements should guide you in your everyday actions and behaviors. It is helpful to keep them visible. My are posted above my desk, documented in my PDA and kept in my purse. If you have fully commited to your mission it will become easy to make decisions about your everyday actions. I use mine to help me resolve what I believe to be conflicts all the time. What I find out is when I am following my mission and values those conflicts simply fade away.
I would love to hear what your mission is for any portion of your life. Please post it below.