CREATING YOUR PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
I have had a few people ask me about my mission statement and how I created it. I want to give credit to my dear friend Leela Shakti. She is a deep listener, an intuitive responder, and a brilliant coach. When I was creating mine her feedback was so helpful to me. Also Laurie Beth Jones, book, The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life lays out a beautiful process to creating a mission statement and I used it in developing my own statement which you can read below. But first you may be wondering…what is a mission statement and how does it come in handy to have one?
A mission statement is a written down reason for being and the primary way that you show up in the world. It is the key to finding your path in life and identifying your personal mission will help you create an action map that can be used to guide you through life connected to your why and your purpose for living.
There are three simple elements to a good mission statement:
1. It should be easy to remember.
2. It should be easy to understand.
3. It should be recited daily and stay in the forefront of your mind at all times.
When designing your mission statement use purposeful, powerful, and positive verbs—these action words will shape your future activities so choose wisely. Identify your closely held values, principles, and ideals and the group of individuals or causes you wish to help with these values.
Once you have chosen your verb(s), core value(s), and cause(s) you can combine them to use in your mission statement:
My personal mission statement is: To ignite passion, empower action, and defend the spirit of the dream for disempowered women and girls in this world.
Creating a mission statement and implementing it in my life has offered me so much stay-on-track-itness and writing mine out was one of the best things I did when starting 2012. What do you think? Have you got one already or are you thinking you wanna come up with one now? I’d love to hear what you have to say and I welcome you to share it below. I love hearing your opinions and feedback.
If you would like more guidance on creating your own, you can purchase Laurie’s book below. In it she lays out details for designing and writing the perfect mission for yourself.