Developing a Personal Mission Statement
Find your clear yes and your clear no!
Are you frustrated with your current career?
Are you frustrated with your personal life?
Are you still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up?
Are you missing passion, energy, and real meaning in your work and life?
Are you working hard to climb the ladder of success, but are not any happier?
If you can answer “Yes” to all or some of these questions, it's time to slow down, sit down and write a mission statement for your life!
After all, you wouldn't run an organization without a defined strategy, so why would you run your life without one?
Victor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, said, “Everyone has his (or her) own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated; thus, everyone's task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
Stephen R. Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote, “Creating a mission statement is not something you do overnight. It takes deep introspection, careful analysis, thoughtful expression, and often many rewrites to produce its final form. It may take you several weeks or even months before you feel really comfortable with your mission statement, before you feel it is complete and a concise expression of your innermost values and directions. Even then, you will want to review it regularly and make minor changes as the years bring additional insights or changing circumstances.”
Did you know that Oprah Winfrey has a personal mission statement:
“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.
So where do you start?
Start by answering 3 questions:
- What are you strengths?
- What do you like doing?
- How do you want to make a difference in the world?
For some additional help, request this free Mission Statement template that brings these ideas into a concise statement for you to live by.
For a free consultation to help you develop your statement, sign up here.
For next steps after your mission statement is complete, see the blog on Sustainable Personal Excellence.
Live a life of sustainable continuous improvement!