This is what we are going to cover in this blog post:
- What is a mission statement
- Why should you write your mission statement
- How to write a mission statement
- What to do with your mission statement once is ready
1.What is a mission statement
Missions themselves are simple statements that clarify what you are all about and what you want to do in life. At the core it is about your WHY in this life; what inspires you, what fuels your dreams and your passions, what brings you joy and fulfillment.
It is also the key to finding your path in life, because it gives you clarity on what is truly important for you.
Your mission needs to encapsulate your enthusiasms for life because it must motivate you to stretch and become the very best version of you. If you lack passion for your mission, then it isn’t really your mission.
It must motivate you to stretch and become the very best version of you.
It might sound easy to figure out your mission statement, but it can be harder than you would have thought.
It is an internal process and needs to come from the core of who you are. This means introspection and careful work to craft something that moves you emotionally. I read somewhere that a mission statement it is not created, but rather revealed.
Your personal mission statement is important, so dedicate the time that it deserves. Even if it isn’t perfect, do your best and remember that you can revise your statement as needed.
2.Why should you write your mission statement?
Think about your mission statement as a compass that guides you through life.
The point of creating a mission statement for yourself is to make it easier to see if your actions are in line with your core values.
”We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass (set of principles or directions) and less in need of a road map. We often don’t know what the terrain ahead will be like or what we will need to go through it; much will depend on our judgment at the time. But an inner compass will always give us direction.”
~ Stephen R. Covey. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
It is not only about the end result of having written your mission statement but very importantly about the process of writing it as well. Developing your mission statement can be one of the most rewarding, satisfying and challenging processes you can go through.
You will find that there is as much value in the act of creating or refreshing your mission statement as in having one.
”Writing or reviewing a mission statement changes you because it forces you to think through your priorities deeply, carefully, and to align your behavior with your beliefs. ” Stephen R. Covey. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
3. How to write a mission statement
What you will need:
- A quiet space where you can focus and you won’t get distracted
- Schedule 8 days to work on your mission statement and do it daily. Maybe this is just for 5 minutes or you get into it and find that you need 30 minutes or more. What is important is that you do it every day.
- Sticky notes
- Coloured pens if you feel more creative.
Now that we know what a mission statement is and why it is important to have one, let’s see how to write it.
The critical element of the term ‘personal mission statement’ is personal. This is your mission, so don’t adopt ideas or goals that aren’t truly yours.
Before you try to write your mission statement, be sure to look at your needs, values, and interests first.
Remember that the process of writing your mission statement can take weeks or months. It is not something you come up overnight.
I would suggest to you to be playful, creative and have fun. Enjoy the process as it will reveal so much about yourself.
This is my own system that breaks down the process in few easy steps. I like to use sticky notes to write down the keywords and reflect on them for few days.
#Day 1. Define your core values. Write as many as you can find true for yourself. Than get some sticky notes and write down your top 10 core values. ( I like to use sticky notes to write down the keywords and reflect on them for few days.
#Day2. Write down on sticky notes:
- Nouns that describe you , like: teacher, learner, innovator, leader etc.
- Verbs of what you see yourself to be doing in the world: educate, inspire, teach etc.
- Aspects of your life: job, family, marriage, friendships, health, community etc.
#Day3. For each aspect of your life write down how would you like to act and contribute. For instance Health: to live with full vitality and energy every day. Exercise daily and treat my body as a temple.
#Day 4. Set aside time to answer key questions:
- What am I grateful for?
- When do I feel most useful?
- What makes me feel alive?
- What am I great at?
- Who inspires me? Why?
- Who do I want to inspire?
- What is my purpose?
- What are my passions?
#Day5. Write Your Own Obituary – Start with the end in mind
Although it might seem a bit morbid, this exercise helps to uncover the truth of what really matters to you. At the end of your life, how do you want to be remembered, and what do you want your life to have meant?
Pick up a family member, a friend and a member of your community and try to imagine what would you like them to say about you at your funeral.
#Day6. Now gather all the sticky notes, all your notes and be playful. It is time to synthesise. Try to get the essence of who you are and what are you about. Remember, it is just a draft. Check some examples of Personal Mission Statements below, to get an idea of how you could formulate yours, without compromising your authenticity. It is personal, after all. :
#Day7. Read again your draft and sleep on it. That is all. Allow some time for your creation to sink in.
#Day8. Revise and polish your mission statement. Print it and frame it. Place it somewhere where you can see it daily.
Revise it every six months or at least every year. Yor mission statement it is not something
How long should your mission statement be? MY advice is to Keep It Short And Sweet. A personal mission statement could be a sentence, a paragraph or an essay that explains your purpose.
Here you can read my Personal Mission Statement.
4. What to do with your mission statement once is ready
So you worked hard and you got your mission statement. What next?
The reason you went through this process is to gain more clarity on your life purpose and on who you want to be. Therefore you should use it daily. YES daily. It is your compass.
I incorporated my mission statement in my morning ritual, where I sit and read it. Sometimes I meditate upon it.
Revise it every six months or at least every year. You can keep it for yourself or share it with friends and family.
Below you can get some inspiration from some Personal Mission Statements I have selected for you: