Personal Mission Statement


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Creating and living a mission statement that will take you where you want to go.

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Personal Mission Statement

  1. 1. Personal Mission Statement
  2. 2. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” – John Wesley
  3. 3. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” – Bobby McFerrin
  4. 4. Personal Mission Statement• What you want to focus on• What you want to accomplish• Who you want to become• Focus energy, actions, behaviors and decisions toward the things that are most important to you
  5. 5. Value• “Connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it.” (Steven Covey, First Things First)• Pushes you to think deeply about your life, clarify the purpose of your life, and identify what is really important.• Pushes you to clarify your deepest aspirations.
  6. 6. ValueHelps answer questions:• What do I want from my life?• What are my talents?• At the end of my life, what do I want to have accomplished?
  7. 7. Personal Mission Statement Guidelines• Keep it simple, clear and brief (three to five sentences)• Should touch upon what you want to focus on and who you want to become as a person (character), and specific actions that support this• Should be worded positively• Think about how your actions and character affect important relationships in your life
  8. 8. Guidelines• Create it as a guide for your day-to-day actions and decisions• Make it emotional - passionate, inspiring, energizing• Can be time limited – one to three years; may change over time
  9. 9. Examples• “To…(what you want to achieve, do, become)…so that…(reasons why it is important). I will do this by…(specific behaviors or actions you can use to get there).”• “I value…(choose one to three values)… because … (reasons why these values are important to you). Accordingly, I will…(what you can do to live by these values).”
  10. 10. Examples• “To live each day with…(choose one to three values or principles)…so that…(what living by these values will give you). I will do this by…(specific behaviors you will use to live by these values).”
  11. 11. Step 1 - Identify Past SuccessesFour or five examples where you had personal successin recent years (at work, in community, family, etc.)• Developed new product at work• Helped child’s school with fund-raiser• Increased turnout for the opening of a new local theater company• Helped paint at my church• Increased amount of time I spent with my family
  12. 12. Step 2 – Identify Core ValuesList of attributes that identify who you are and what yourpriorities are:• Acceptance • Connection• Achievement • Determination• Balance • Dignity• Beauty • Discipline• Boldness • Equality• Caring • Empathy• Collaboration • Fairness• Comfort • Family…• Compassion
  13. 13. Identify Core Values• Identify 10, then five• Identify most important three of the five
  14. 14. Step 3 – Identify ContributionsHow could you make a difference:• World• Family• Work• Friends• Community
  15. 15. Identify Contributions• World - Recycle• Family - Be a good mother/father, and husband/wife; leave the world a better place for my children and their children• Work - Lead by example; help make company profitable• Friends - Always be ready to help• Community - Use talents to give back to community
  16. 16. Step 4 – Identify Goals• What are your priorities?• Short-term goals• Long-term goals
  17. 17. Identify Goals• Short-term - Continue my career with an employer that allows me to use my skills, talent and values.• Long-term - To develop other outlets for my talents in order to achieve both personal and professional success.
  18. 18. Step 5 – Write a Mission Statement• How are you living it out now in your life?
  19. 19. Identify One Way, This Week, You Can Live It Out…• World• Family• Work• Friends• Community