Your mission statement defines your “purpose for existing”, your “reason for being”. Your purpose ought to key in on both your passions and your strengths in order to be the most impactful, for your own benefit and those that you provide value to.
The mission statement provide focus and how to direct your own actions or those of your organization on a daily basis; to spell the overall objective, provide a path, and guide decision-making. Everything as much as possible that you do, should serve and or promote your purpose.
Keep in mind of the following:
1. Develop a list of what you value most, things you like or love to do, strengths that support what you love, the value provided when doing them and who you provide it for.
2. Summarize this in simple, plain-spoken language that anyone can identify with. Try writing several down to begin refining your thoughts.
3. Carefully consider the statements you develop from the different perspectives below relevant to your circumstances so you can write in a manner each relevant group could easily understand and would know how to support it.
4. Now work to combine your statements the above into one very clear and concise statement incorporating the key components that are meaningful in those statements. Make certain to keep what you feel strongly about. Refine it until you feel it will answer the questions below well.
5. Refine the vision statement as much as possible to limit it to one powerful forward looking sentence if possible, limit it to 50 or fewer words and commit it to memory. Make certain the mission statement is aligned with and or supports your values and vision statement. Poor or lack of congruency will make achieving overall success more challenging up to the point of impossible if the mission opposes the vision and or values.
If you are working everyday over the long term, your mission needs to be about more than just doing something to make money providing great products and or providing a service(s). There must be a need fulfilled, a purpose believed in that supports why you are doing what you are doing. Rock solid purpose ensures long term sustainable success and happiness. The mission statement answer the “Why” you are eager to get out of bed and work hard today….. Happy writing!
Personal Mission Statements