Creating a personal mission statement in my humble opinion provides you with an opportunity to define your goals and what is important to you. You can’t really write a mission statement without first looking at what’s important to you in your life. Just having those insightful, intimate conversations with yourself I find is incredibly powerful.
A personal manifesto is a set of statements that make up the rules by which you are going to live your life.
It’s the cornerstone that will ultimately help you reconnect with what’s important, and it becomes a methodology for staying true to your values, goals, and intentions.
It is the values or operational guide of how you are going to live your “MISSION.”
So What The Heck Is A Personal Mission Statement?
A personal mission statement is a statement that combines your values, of who you are, and how you want to define success. I encourage you to use your personal mission statement as a guide when making any life decisions as it helps you determine which of life’s choices align with your goals and values the best.
Consider limiting it to 30 or 40 words so the statement is concise and easy to remember. This also makes it easier to reference frequently and to create inspirational messages to keep you On Track.
Having a mission statement can help motivate you and make you more efficient. Creating a statement that clearly outlines your values and goals makes it more likely that you will work towards achieving these goals. Sharing your mission statement with your friends can also be a good way to build stronger relationships.
How To Write Your Personal Mission Statement
Write About What's Important To You
Step One: Start by considering who you are and who you want to be in your personal and professional life.
- Make a list of your passions, what’s most important to you, and your values. One way to do this is to consider what or who you value the most in your life and determine why you value them as the qualities you value in other people can reflect your own values.
Step Two: Write down your personal, professional and family goals. Focus on long-term goals at this stage to determine what mission statement you can create to help you reach these goals. To get you started, consider answers to the following questions:
- Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
- What would you like to achieve in your personal and professional life?
- What would make you happy?
- How do you want to show up in the world?
- What kind of legacy would you like to leave your family or community with?
Step Three: A formula for creating a mission statement is based in action. (E.G. What do I DO?)
Spend some time choosing some action verbs that resonate with you!
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