Do you have a personal mission statement for your life? If you don’t, it is a good idea to make time to create one. A personal mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish, and what you want to become. It allows you to focus your energy, actions, behaviors, and decisions towards the things that are most important to you.
Writing a personal mission statement will create a vision for your life, for your career, for your family, for you personally and for what you want to accomplish. Your mission statement can be a two or three-word statement or it can be a full page – as long as it defines your mission.
A personal mission statement:
- Characterizes the deepest and best within you.
- Utilizes your unique strengths and gifts.
- It is a mission bigger than yourself with a purpose of contribution.
- It is based on principles to produce quality-of-life results (not standards-of-life).
- It provides value to others.
- Represents significant roles in your life.
- It is written to inspire YOU.
Here are a few examples of mission statements.
Oprah Winfrey, founder of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network
“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.”
In an issue of O magazine, Winfrey recalls watching her grandmother churn butter and wash clothes in a cast-iron pot in the yard. A small voice inside of her told her that her life would be more than hanging clothes on a line. She eventually realized she wanted to be a teacher, but “I never imagined it would be on TV,” she writes.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group
“To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.”
Branson shared his personal mission statement in an interview with Motivated magazine. He added that “In business, know how to be a good leader and always try to bring out the best in people. It’s very simple: listen to them, trust in them, believe in them, respect them, and let them have a go!”
If you have a personal mission statement, you may want to validate it because they do change as we get older and have more experiences. If you don’t have a personal mission statement, write one this week.
Think about these two questions.
- What is the single thing you want to be remember for?
- What is the most important legacy you can leave to your family, friends, and colleagues?
- Create, validate or update your personal mission statement this week.
- Then live by it.
Good luck – just another step toward living an intentional life!