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 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.