Writing Personal Mission Statements
This simple process for writing personal mission statements will guide you through 4 easy steps to identify and clarify your most driving ambitions in life.
Formulate your findings and share your powerful statement of purpose, and you can use this to anchor your future direction.
Your simple yet potent mission statement will serve as a focus for you to steer your path.
"If you don't set your goals based upon your mission statement, you may be climbing the ladder of success only to realize, when you get to the top, you're on the wrong building."
Stephen Covey - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Identify your greatest ambition. What do you truly love doing, what excites you to be involved with? This might be an activity or idea that inspires you and gives you great joy. The exercises for finding your passion will assist you.
Example life passions:
- build educational websites
- train dogs
- host a radio show
- install swimming pools
- raise funds for library books in developing countries
Sometimes life passions are less specific:
- promote clean energy production
- share educational information with people
- to be an actor
- do public speaking
If your life passion is not easily measurable and quantifiable, that is fine. There are many highly successful people that started with basic personal mission statements that highlighted their great inspiration more than anything. They never imagined in their wildest dreams that they would be doing what they are now doing. They started with passion, and passion is an incredible driving force.
As you take a step you are able to see further opportunities from your new vantage point. To keep taking steps and seeing and acting on new opportunities as they present themselves, is a huge part of success.
Even when your ambition is of a less specific nature, you will still set and achieve many measurable goals enroute to it. For example, if your aim is to promote clean energy production you may set goals to: buy a more energy efficient vehicle; switch to a job with a 'green energy' company; do community presentations to educate the public about alternative energy sources.
- Recognizing the underlying reason behind your highest ambition gives enormous power and motivation to personal mission statements. The bigger the 'why', the more power you wield.
Why do you desire to aim for that target? What is your intent in achieving that objective? This purpose fills a need for someone... either yourself, others, or both. This reason you identify likely feels like a reward in itself. It makes you feel great to think that you will be attaining purpose of life. Click here for a few ways of finding life purpose that will help you clarify what the reasons are that are truly motivating you towards your goals.
Examples of life purpose:
- help build a healthy environment to leave the next generation
- educate and encourage people to understand the value of personal responsibility for their health
- help blind people to experience greater independence
- inspire and encourage people to find their fulfillment and live it
- encourage close family relationships
- aid literacy in developing countries
- provide an honest and educated service for home buyers
- Everyday, we act based on what we value. As we grow and change, our values also grow and change. It can be extremely helpful to revisit our values and ensure we have them prioritized appropriately for our personal mission statements. Become familiar with your values and use exercises to identify personal core values, and prioritize them in order of importance to you.
Examples of personal values:
- financial abundance
- clear communication
- physical activity
- Structuring and writing personal mission statements is based on the findings of the 3 previous steps which are the core of your
personal mission development. Your mission is a combination of your driving purpose and passion in life, plus your top few personal core values... all written together to indicate your highest goal. Structure your statement by joining these three aspects together in the manner most meaningful to you.
A well structured mission statement:
- states your high level goal for life based on your greatest passion, highest purpose, and personal core values
- is a concise sentence or short paragraph
- uses positive language to communicate your vision
- incorporates positive emotion to energize it
- is stated in the present tense if you want it to act like a positive affirmation
Examples Of Mission Statements:
- "I create [insert your life passion] that [state your life purpose] and fulfills my desire for [put in your highest values]."
- "I create powerful and popular informational websites that inspire and educate people to take responsibility for their own health and well being. The sites generate abundant and ongoing passive income, providing me with financial freedom."
View more sample mission statements.
Personal Mission Statements Identify The Big Rocks Of Life
A teacher presented an empty gallon jar to a class of students. Then he took a number of large stones and carefully placed them into the jar, packing it right up to the brim. He then asked the students... is the jar full? They responded yes.
He then took a number of smaller rocks and dropped them down between the big rocks. These filled the spaces, and he asked again... is the jar full? It looked pretty full but they could see he was up to something!
Then he funneled sand down into the jar, filling the nooks and crannies between the big and little rocks, and again asked... is the jar full? They admitted that it seemed to be.
Finally he took a beaker of water and poured it in. While the water sunk and the air bubbles rose, the jar finally became full, holding it's capacity.
You can think of your life like this jar. We start with it empty and it's up to us how we fill it.
The large rocks represent the biggest most important things in our lives. These are our greatest passion, purpose and values. We have to first allocate time and space for these big rocks in our lives before we fill it up with all the smaller less important things.
The smaller stones are subordinate goals that add to the biggest most important things in our life.
The sand is the everyday tasks that we do, always with our greatest vision and ambition in mind.
I like to think of the water as love... touching everything, always.
How are you going to fill your jar?
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