Do you have a personal mission statement? I have asked that question many times during my stress management seminars. I usually get a few nods and many blank stares.
Missions are only for businesses, right? Well, that type of thinking is what gets us stuck and leaves us with a feeling of dissatisfaction about our life.
The first step in creating a personal mission statement is to envision what you would like your life to look like. If you are having trouble with this step ask yourself what you would like the people who attend your 90th birthday party to say about you.
Once you have that picture or vision, you can develop a mission statement. Mission statements give meaningful expression to your vision – your destination. In the book “First Things First” Steven R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill define several characteristics for an empowering mission statement. Two of the characteristics that really resonated with me are “representing the deepest and best in you” and “fulfilling your own unique gifts”.
It may seem overwhelming to write a mission statement but just give it a shot. Your final form can be bullet points, multiple paragraphs or one large one. It can be long or short, give many details or just concepts. How you write it is as unique as yourself – it defines you so you can create your individual road map to success. And only you can do that.
So what are you waiting for? What is your life’s mission?