Mission Statements

A few years back I was in a course that had its participants construct a personal mission statement.  I had only seen them for corporations prior to that moment.  While I do forget about it from time to time, I  always come back to it.  It has focused my mind when trying to make decisions and has given me an additional sense of purpose.  It also ‘has my back’ in an unexpected way.  It has given me the strength to make decisions that I felt others would think silly or just wrong.  However, in my mind, I knew the decision was true to my mission and therefore a net positive.  To create it, I began by identifying my various roles in life (ex: sister, daughter, employee).  Then my weakness and strengths.  What would I want others to describe me as?  I looked for inspiration and found it in a quote from Gandhi (or as one website suggests not really him).  My mission statement:

I Will Be

 I will be:

What makes a stranger smile

The rock for others to lean on

 The healer

The friend

       The child of God

I will be the change I wish to see in this world

There are several websites that offer tools and advice on creating your own in much more detail.  You can use a paragraph(s) or a poem.  Use whatever fits your style.

http://www.franklincovey.com/msb/

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Personal-Mission-Statement

http://www.timethoughts.com/goalsetting/mission-statements.htm


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8 thoughts on “Mission Statements

  1. This is a great idea! Thanks! I definitely need one of these and will be starting on one ASAP. I find as a libra I often fear making decisions. Having a mission statement on my life might make that easier! :)

    • Great! I hope it helps. When I was writing mine, I had to let it stew in the background for a week or two and then one night….bam, inspiration.

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