Putting it all together…
Have you been using the resources and working towards writing your own Personal Mission Statement?
A good, working statement will guide your decisions….large and small. Let’s begin to put it all together into a meaningful and useful Personal Mission Statement.
Remember that your Mission Statement is:
–Based on your strengths (personality, experience, skill)
–Based on what you consider important (values and qualities)
–Based on what you would die for (so you know what is worth living for).
A Mission Statement is not…..
Your job, or…
Prescribed by someone else, or….
Your role, or…
Your destiny, or….
Your to-do list, or….
The same as the mission of those around you.
Your Mission Statement is your clearly defined territory of responsibility.
To begin writing your Mission Statement:
> Circle all the words that mean something to you… that make you want to DO them (these are verbs…action verbs). If a word that you want to use is not there, add it in.
> Narrow it down to three (3). Choose the 3 that HAVE to be on the list.
I have a long list of verbs that I like….so feel free to circle a lot of verbs, but think about them as you read along.
Deciding the words that I like best comes by recognizing the things that I do all the time. Affirm – daily affirmations and helping others replace their limiting beliefs with truly spoken personal affirmations is one of my favorite coaching techniques and a workshop I love presenting. I LOVE connect(ing) people to make good networking possibilities (I even say that it is what floats my boat when I am feeling cheerful and resorting to a clever cliche). Forgive(ness), of myself as well as of others, is core to my growth and is deep in my own story. I am a woman of faith and, daily, I return to what I believe to be true; what is most important to my life and world view.
All those verbs I like BUT, to narrow down, I have to choose three (3) that are my favorite.
The three words that connect with me most, the words that I WANT TO DO are:
Live. Communicate. Inspire.
I want to LIVE to the fullest. I want to LIVE every day with purpose and intent. I want to LIVE, not wasting a day, enjoying the breath and thought and opportunity and experience what each day affords.
I was born to COMMUNICATE. I love to tell a story. I love to hear someone else’s story. I love few things more than communicating a story that helps someone connect their own dots, work out their own life puzzles, give value to their own story.
When my mother learned that people paid me to speak, she wagged her head. “Your Daddy (who died much too young and who I miss to this day) would be amazed,” she said. “There were times he wanted to pay you to shut up.” I have worked hard at learning to COMMUNICATE well, speaking and writing, learning to use words to encourage and motivate others.
And I want to INSPIRE other people. I know that the struggles and victories, the hurts and forgiveness, the challenges and fun times that I have are both uniquely mine and very much not at all unique to me.
We have all struggled and are looking for victory. We have all been hurt and can find forgiveness when the time and understanding are right. We each and all face challenges and have the opportunity for fun on a daily basis.
I believe that each life is worth a lot.
So, my three verbs are LIVE, COMMUNICATE, INSPIRE.
> Now to connect your three verbs with who (or what) and why.
Remember the Values and Qualities most important to you?
My values were Wisdom, Openness, Self-awareness, a sense of humor.
My chosen qualities were Honest, Logical, Respectful, and Forgiving.
Boiled down, I can combine all of those words and attributes to two words: GRACE and TRUTH.
So, with my VERBS (what I want to do) and my VALUES (what is important to me), I can state what I want to DO: I want to LIVE a life full of GRACE and TRUTH. And, I want to tell my stories (COMMUNICATE).
That is the beginning of my Personal Mission Statement.
It is my WHAT.
Yours will be different. Maybe yours is to teach… or to MOLD… or to EQUIP… or to PROVIDE.
Often, there are two or three verbs that go together….
….to serve and support.
….to teach and to inspire.
….to create and demonstrate and reclaim.
….to engage, enlighten, and embrace.
YOUR Personal Mission Statement will begin to emerge…. keep working at it. Distill it down.
Now, I need a WHY and a FOR WHOM.
My WHY is to help people see that they are NOT STUCK.
They CAN CHANGE.
They ARE ABLE.
THERE IS MORE.
My WHY is also that I want to keep changing, keep growing, keep learning. To do that, I need to keep having stories to tell. I need to keep hearing others’ stories and understanding. I need to keep living in GRACE and TRUTH.
My WHO is broad….and narrow. My WHO doesn’t have an age or a demographic or a particular audience…at least my personal missions statement doesn’t (My business plan does). My WHO is whoever I can reach…whoever will hear and appreciate my stories, whoever can relate. Whoever is ready to think about change for better.
My own personal mission is to live a life of grace and truth
and to tell my stories that have the potential to change lives.
Writing your personal mission statement is not starting something new.
It is putting on paper what you are already doing, in most cases.
It is identifying and defining how you want to live.