Several years ago (in 2004 to be exact) I participated in a 6-week class at my church called You Can Make a Difference. It was designed to help people determine their gifts and strengths/weaknesses, their personality type, and ultimately identify their passions. The class culminated in the writing of a personal mission statement.
I found the class very enlightening and inspiring – so much so that for several years thereafter, I facilitated the Passion session of the course. And, I do say I “facilitated” the class as opposed to “taught” the class as in reality, I probably learned more from interacting with the class participants, than they learned from me!
Every now and then, I look at the mission statement I wrote for myself at the end of that course. Amazingly, it still feels valid to me today, many years later. I know that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Companies and organizations do change their mission statements as circumstances change; likewise, a personal mission statement can be always evolving.
I’m wondering if you have written your own mission statement and if so, what your thoughts are on the process?
If you haven’t written one, it is an interesting exercise you might want to try. I would guess most of you reading this have lived long enough to figure out what you’re good at (or not), what you believe in, are passionate about, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, and what roles you play in life (spouse, parent, grandparent, employee, volunteer, etc.)…all things you might consider and incorporate in your mission statement.
From the You Can Make a Difference curriculum, a mission statement:
- Is a blueprint for your life
- Is a compass that provides direction when making decisions
- Is a motto stating what your life is about
Here is my mission statement as an example –
My mission is -
To show love, understanding and respect to all people with whom I interact so as to create and encourage harmony.
To respect, value and care for my own emotional and physical being so as to continue to be a contributing, valuable member of all groups with which I associate.
To be respectful of nature and to always find ways to enjoy it.
To complete any work I endeavor to do in an organized fashion with accuracy and efficiency.
To do all of the above so that my light will shine before others, so they may see my good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.
A mission statement can help to keep you grounded and serve as a beacon when you may be floundering. I encourage you to write one if you haven’t already. It would be great fun if you felt like sharing it …use the opportunity for comments below. Other people’s missions statements can be inspirational!