Value of Writing a Personal Mission Statement
2. It forces you to clarify and express succinctly your deepest values and aspirations.
3. It imprints your values and purposes firmly in your mind so they become a part of you rather than something you only think about occasionally.
4. Integrating your personal mission statement into your weekly planning gives you a way to keep your vision constantly before you.
Process of Creating a Personal Mission Statement
2. Define who you want to become; not just what you want to have and do.
3. Define your life roles. You may have roles in relation to your profession, family, community, or other areas in your life. Describe how you would like to be described in each of these roles.
4. Write a draft of your personal mission statement. Carry the rough draft with you and make notes, additions, and deletions.
5. Write a final draft. Refer to it frequently. Use it as a standard by which you judge all your activities.
6. Periodically review and evaluate your personal mission statement to keep yourself in touch with your own development and keep yourself in harmony with your deepest self.
7. The final test of the value and effectiveness of a mission statement is: DOES THIS STATEMENT INSPIRE ME?
Developing a personal mission statement.
A personal mission statement is the beginning of personal leadership. It sets guidelines for life. By referring to it and internalizing its meaning, we make choices that serve values and reject the things that oppose them.
Writing what is true about ourselves isn't as easy as it may seem. We sometimes don't know ourselves as well as we think we do. We perhaps believe things because we are expected to believe them. We feel inclined to pursue a certain path because it is socially approved. We may fear other people's criticism if we do what we feel is right for us.
So writing a mission statement is really an adventure in self-discovery. We are working to uncover our talents, our interests, and our deepest desires for life. Writing a mission statement can be a tool for clarifying things that we otherwise might not know. Most people, at some point in their lives, long for a sense of meaning and purpose. They sense that they have talents and contributions to offer but are not sure what their talents are. The mission statement is a way of discovering that sense of purpose by coming to know ourselves better.
We clarify our personal mission by dividing it into roles
Some of the roles we may have are family member, student, worker, or community member. The idea is to find some sense or order about life by dividing it up into meaningful patterns of related activities.
Roles are key to creating balance in life.
Goals define what we want to achieve within each role.
These goals become the basis for our weekly and daily planning. Goals are the building blocks of our mission and our roles. From these goals we can create specific action plans that will help us succeed in our roles and fulfill our mission.
Goals can be lifelong, intermediate, or short term.
Some goals are lifetime goals-, meaning that we intend to achieve them before we die. To achieve them, we break them into smaller steps, perhaps ten year goals or five year goals. These intermediate goals are then divided into smaller steps, until we have subdivided the lifetime goals into immediate goals that we can work on today.
The best goals are consistent with our personal mission.