Your mission statement tells the world who you are and what you hope to do and accomplish with your life. It helps you focus your energy, time and efforts throughout your life toward what you feel your purpose is. When your dreams are aligned with your purpose, and you put that focused energy toward achieving your purpose, you’ll find your dreams coming true. Achieving your dreams is a great way to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, and it will help you power forward to even more success.
If you’ve never created a personal mission statment, or considered them too hard to define, consider a couple of the examples below, and see if they inspire you to create your own personal mission statement:
A working parent’s mission statement: “I want to be the best parent I can be while I excel in my sales career. My goal is to eventually become involved with – or even start – a charity foundation that helps other people live safer, more secure, and fulfilling lives.”
A counselor’s mission statement: “My purpose on earth is to assist others in resolving their life struggles and creating a plan to live their best, most positive and productive life. Also, taking in and spreading knowledge through a variety of media such as speaking, writing, and coaching is an important part of me designing and manifesting a life that truly matters. I want to experience what it’s like to love and be loved deeply.”
Creating your mission statement will enrich your life in many ways!
The process of creating your own unique mission statement will help you clarify your hopes and dreams and discover what is most important to you. Then, you can create SMART goals that support your mission and move your life toward fulfilling your purpose. And working towards those goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based goals – will become a joy in itself!
This 6-step process will help you formulate your own personal mission statement:
1. Reflect on your life goals. Describe your top four or five wishes for your entire life. If you don’t currently have a list, search out help to articulate and define them. Those are your life goals.
2. Identify what you want to learn. Do you require more knowledge to work toward achieving your life goals? If so, you’ll want to include something about continuous learning or education in your mission statement.
3. Think in the short-term. What is it you wish to work on over the 5 or 10 years or so? Maybe it’s settling into a new community and establishing yourself as an expert in yoga. Perhaps it’s getting yourself through college and finding work that fulfills you. Whatever your short-term goals are, start articulating them and create a plan to achieve them.
4. Ponder the long-term – throughout your life span. What do you want to be doing 30 or 40 years from now? If that feels too far away, think about 15 or 20 years from now – what additional steps do you need to add from your plan from item 3 in order to keep moving forward to your goal?
* Consider elderly people in your life that you respect, admire, or consider as your mentors. How are they making a difference in their lives as they age?
* As you mature, you’ll accumulate a lot of life knowledge, experience, and expertise in your field. How could you use it when you’re 60, 70, or even 80 years old? How would you like to use your knowledge and personal “gifts” for others?
* How do you want your journey to unfold?
5. Ask yourself, “What do I hope to accomplish before I die?” What would you like to be known for? How do you want others to remember you after you’ve passed on?
6. Use your own words. For example, you might say, “I want to help as many people as I can as a social worker in a large city.” Or “My main goals in life are to learn as much as I can about staying in shape and remaining in excellent health, and to help others learn to stay in good health, too.” Such specifics can be included in your statement.
Writing your personal mission statement not only gives your life focus, but it also provides meaning, purpose, and incentive for you to do everything possible to live your best life.
Create your personal mission statement today. You have a lot of living to do!