Why are Personal Mission Statements Important?
When you are a child, you dream of what you want to be when you grow up. When you are a grown up, you dream of the life you want when you ‘make it’ or when you retire. Regardless of who you are and what you want to achieve, if you want to live a life with an end you want, you need a plan. The mission statement answers for your goals, and without one, any goals you set will be based on your changing emotional state and circumstances. Your goals will not stand the test of time.
Rather than waffling on about the things, I’m going to share mine with you, and then help you write yours!
My Mission Statement
I am at my best when I am creating, when I am forming solutions and building ideas. I am best when I am not confined by routine and when I surrounded by like-minded people. I am best when I am helping people who desire to be helped. .
I will try to prevent times when I am confined to routine and tied to a system that I cannot impact. I must avoid investing myself in endeavours where I feel unrewarded and cannot be changed to allow for reward. I must guard myself from negativity from both people, the media, and my own thoughts.
I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can create, build, and improve systems and products that empower and enrich people’s live. Especially when it is working for and with people who want to own, grow, and improve the world they live in. I will find enjoyment in my personal life through spending time with my family, my friends, and my community. I will read, learn and share things that challenge and grow my knowledge, wisdom and insight. I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as Idea Forming, Problem Solving, Talking, Coaching, and Creating Relationships.
I can do anything I set my mind to. I will empower people who talent’s are hidden by fear and insecurities. I will create businesses that provide services and products that solve real problems such as education, enterprise, jobs, energy and water to those who need it the most.
My life’s journey is one that is building opportunities for true happiness for anyone willing to join in, through talking with and coaching people to overcome fears, embrace their talents, and helping them to make the contribution to the world that they are able and willing to provide. I want to be a superhero to my wife and children by being a man of action and success. I want to be an example to my friends and community of someone willing to do what is needed to live in the world I want to live in. The results of my life will be financial freedom, a meaningful and valuable legacy, and a story for my children to build on.
I want my life to end surrounded by a family who loves and values me, with friends who are proud to know me, a community who is happy to have had me contribute. I want people to say that I was formidable in my environment, and that I was a role model to the people that I reached. I would like to be known as a warrior that attacked life and achieved. A wolf and not a sheep. My most important future contribution to others will be that I was living proof, for my children, family, and community that you can do and be what ever you want in the life that you have.
I will stop procrastinating and start working on:
- STARTING – Take ideas through the planning stage and try!
- FOLLOWING THROUGH – Make it a NEED to move through obstacles that are based on fear and insecurities.
- FINISHING – Finish the books, courses, and blogs that I have started, learning to be a finisher in all things.
I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
- Courageous & Formidable
- Strong & Committed
- Caring & Willing
I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
- Eating clean and training my body to be fit and strong. Encouraging my family to do the same by setting a good example.
- Reading, Writing, Teaching, and Meditating on positive and constructive things. Investing in a relationship with Jesus Christ without getting tied up in the pitfalls of religion.
- Reading, Writing, and Sharing subjects and materials that build my knowledge and increase my insight of the world that I want to build.
- Keeping the company of like-minded and positive people. Ensuring that I am a wolf in my community and not a sheep. Taking opportunities to get involved in communities that I share values with and that I can add value to.
I started mine years ago without knowing it. I started by writing a journal, by reading success stories and getting excited about their journeys. Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad and Timothy Ferriss’ 4 Hour Working Week helped me frame the picture of my definition of success. I can’t recommend these books enough.
You can do this without spending hours trying on other people’s lives. Start by visiting Franklin Covey’s Mission Statement Builder. This will lead you through some prompting questions that will lead you to a draft Mission Statement. Your job is not finished yet. Read the draft and free hand it until it reads in your own words and style. Save this and keep it handy. Like anything, once you have bought into the power of the mission statement it will become as powerful as you allow it to be.
Remember, goals cannot be relied upon without a Mission Statement. So if Mission Statements are new to you, then perhaps goals are too. if you are new to taking control of your world, then now is the time to start writing up some goals.
Thanks for Reading!