Power of a Personal Mission Statement

Power Of A Personal Mission Statement

power of a personal mission statement

Power Of A Personal Mission Statement

This past week I attended a meeting where each participant was asked to write a personal mission statement and to share it with the group. Hearing so many different and inspiring personal mission statements prompted me to change the plan for this month’s newsletter to the topic of personal mission statements. If you’re wondering what exactly is a personal mission statement? You’re not alone! So let’s start with what it is…

Power Of A Personal Mission Statement

Mission Statements are used by corporations, businesses, and organizations to guide them and to define the purpose of their existence. A mission statement often incorporates and identifies core values and beliefs. Values are those things you give worth to; they determine where you spend your time, your money, and your energy. They influence the choices and decisions you make in your life. These values, whether stated or not, are all wrapped up in your personal mission statement.

Businesses have long seen the benefits of mission statements that guide them to success; personal mission statements use the same concepts, they define the purpose of our existence. In other words, a personal mission is:

  • your inner urge too…
  • your calling
  • your purpose
  • your intent
  • your goal
  • your aim
  • your dream
  • your target
  • your ambition

A personal mission statement, just like a business mission statement, is one that guides you, it inspires you, and it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. A personal mission statement doesn’t have to be huge, it doesn’t have to change the world; it just has to change YOUR world.

A personal mission statement, like a business mission statement, is a short description of what you want to focus on in your life. It’s a statement that is all about you and your purpose, what you want to accomplish, it can focus your actions and behaviors. It should be written with positive language. In other words, don’t write about what you don’t want to do and what you don’t want to be. Rather write about what you do want to be and about what you want to do. It should be something that will guide you in your day-to-day actions and behaviors. Steven Covey refers to a personal mission statement as “connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes in fulfilling it.”

Getting Started Steven Covey has a good idea on getting started with a personal mission statement: Think ahead to your 80th birthday or to your 50th wedding anniversary and imagine what all of your friends and family will be saying about you. Write those thoughts down. Another suggestion, albeit a morbid one, I’ve heard from a variety of sources, is to write your own obituary or saying that you would want to see on your gravestone.

Some Real Life Examples Last week I met a woman, Dee, who was very inspiring and I’d like to share a piece of her story. At 42 years old, a single mom with four teenagers, Dee went to college to get a degree in nursing. She felt like nursing would nurture the need she has to care for people. She earned an LPN and decided she wanted to be an RPN which meant at least two more years of school. She didn’t stop there, Dee is now going back to school for a Master’s Degree in Hospice Studies. Dee has been working in hospice care a little over a year now. When I asked her how she does it, Dee responded, “I feel like I have found my real purpose in life! I get to help families at a very difficult time in their lives, I get to help people find peace and comfort, and I get to help people not be scared when they are standing near death’s door.” Dee is purposefully living her life and fulfilling her mission in both her personal and professional life.

Part of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal mission reads, “I shall not bear ill toward anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth and in resisting untruth, I shall put up with suffering.” He also wrote, “My life is my message.”

John F. Kennedy said in the 1960′s, “We will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.”

Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” speech was about his mission.

Winston Churchill reportedly had a mission to “Make a difference and to leave the world a better place.”

The following are some mission statement examples from friends, clients, and me:

  • I strive to be an example to my children.
  • I live my life with integrity.
  • I value honesty and diversity in myself and in others.
  • I will continuously challenge myself to grow and to be a better person.
  • I will honor myself by living my life fully, faithfully, and honestly.

Ultimately a personal mission statement comes down to what you want in your life and how you want to live your life… it’s about you, it’s about what you want to accomplish, it’s about your legacy, it’s about your character, it’s about what you stand for, it’s your purpose, it’s your intent… it REALLY IS ALL ABOUT YOU!!

Coaches Challenge Today I want to challenge you. I want each and every one of you to walk away from this newsletter with the resolve to put your personal mission statement in writing.


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