Last week I shared that I was planning to review my mission statement and suggested that you join me in that journey.
What did you learn?
- I play many roles and that I have found it challenging to blend them for balance and/or focus.
- I continue to like using several concept statements versus a paragraph for my statement.
- I have not looked at my mission statement since last January and, therefore, I need to add a task to do that at least monthly if not weekly when I do my planning.
- I would have been able to make quicker/calmer decisions over the last several months if I would have reviewed my mission statement first.
- That many of the statements need to be adjusted slightly based on the current environment/circumstance.
So, the plan is to spend some more time with updating my mission statement.
Here are some tips that can help if you too will be updating your mission statement.
- Your mission statement should be only written to inspire you. Not to impress others or to be what you think others want you to be.
- Imagine who you are and who you want to be.
- Do not think of the how when you are creating your statement, only the what.
- Think about what you want to accomplish, how you want to be remembered and what is important to you.
- Think about your values and beliefs.
- Think about your roles and how you want to engage with others, your community and the world around you.
- Craft your mission statement to be no longer than a paragraph with two or three sentences. Or consider a list of concept statements (think Benjamin Franklin).
Writing your own personal mission statement will give you a clear view of your goals, values, and relationships.
Are you ready to spend some time updating or writing your mission statement? I am!