Writing your own Personal Mission Statement is a wonderful thing, it gives you a sense of being and purpose plus it helps you define your way of living. Mission statements were created to direct and keep an organization on the right track. It is the same for when a personal mission statement is needed, which acts as a guide to achieving our goals and reminding us to stay on top of them. Even though this is different from mission statements created for companies, the principles remain the same. Having a personalized mission statement will assist you along the right way even before your career can get started, plus it will ensure you get to where your initial intentions were.
Step 1: Find Inspiration
Find someone that you really look up to, an idol maybe and get inspiration from their lives. Look for the qualities that make this person important to you, it could be his/hers achievements, character, personality or the skills they possessed. Meditate on those good qualities and list it in detail.
Richard Branson’s mom constantly encouraged him to push limits and have adventures.
Step 2: Figure out who you are
Understand who you are and what you want to achieve in life, another important aspect is to define the kind of person you are. It needs to encapsulate you qualities and values, take into consideration all the people in your life, a spouse, friend, parent, and employer and how you want to impact each of their lives.
This is a great example of a mission statement that included Gandhi’s values and beliefs.
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering”
– Mahatma Gandhi.
Step 3: Consider your Goals
Focus on the individual roles your life has formed and pen a few words on how you would like to improve on each role. Keep in mind how you want your family and friends to think of you, this may sound like a strange exercise but it will help you figure out how you want to be remembered in each person’s life.
For example, if one of your goals is to get/stay in shape your mission statement could include something like this.
“I will keep myself in shape by eating healthy and exercising.”
Step 4: Look for Purpose
Write down the fundamental purposes in your life, include the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional sides as well. I know it sounds confusing but it’s actually pretty easy. Just consider practising experiences, exercise, daily affection, healthy eating and fitness, this will help you get a better grasp of what is essential in your life.
Oprah feels like her purpose is to inspire others, so she included it in her mission statement.
Step 5: Take Note of your Aptitudes
Expand on the knowledge and skills that you have, look for what really makes you happy. A section of your mission statement needs to recognise your strengths and aptitudes, this is what brings meaning and joy to your life. When we base our lives on what brings us happiness and meaning it creates opportunity for self-betterment.
Amanda Steinberg has natural charisma and intelligence. She used this to build her personal mission statement.
“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.”
– Amanda Steinberg
Step 6: Ask Yourself Questions
Remember that as you are writing this always ask yourself questions, this will help you stay on top of the purpose of this mission statement and ascertain the values you want to take with you. It will also help you live in a more aware manner.
Example questions to ask yourself:
What would you regret not doing if you died tomorrow?
What makes you happy?
What are you good at?
Step 7: Create your Mission Statement
Take into account all the steps mentioned above and begin your mission statement. Keep it brief, vibrant and simple, let the paragraphs be short and on point, while making sure to stay true to yourself. Basically what you want is a guide to your everyday thoughts and decisions, keep it affirmative, positive and stick to what you want instead of the negative aspects.
The focus of my life begins at home with family, loved ones and friends. I want to use my resources to create a secure environment that fosters love, learning, laughter and mutual success. I will protect and value integrity. I will admit and quickly correct my mistakes. I will be a self-starter. I will be a caring person. I will be a good listener with an open mind. I will continue to grow and learn. I will facilitate and celebrate the success of others.
– Merlin Olsen (1940-2010)
To end make sure that this Personal Mission Statement stays true to your values, vision and what you want to achieve in life!