According to Steven Covey, creating a personal mission statement is “defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself”. When you take the time to put it down on paper, it becomes your map and compass. Most people have never taken the time to clarify their personal mission, although it’s not as hard as one might think. I put together a few questions to help you curate a single statement that you can use as your compass as you move through life.
Take out a notebook and answer the following questions honestly:
1) What is that thing that gives you energy, brings you joy and comes easily to you? This is probably something you do for others for free because it’s fun and easy for you
2) Think about a person you admire, or aspire to be more like. What is it about them that resonates with you?
3) What do you want your legacy to be? How would you like to be remembered?
4) What are your core values, those things you will not compromise?
Now you are ready to pull all of this information together into a single statement by writing out what you want to accomplish through your talents and values. Make sure to state your mission in the positive. For example: “my personal mission is to use my experience and my love of teaching to help others live their most vibrant lives” rather than “my personal mission is to stop others from being tired, sick, and lonely.”
Here are a few additional examples to help you form your own:
My personal mission is...
...to use my love of teaching to inspire others to be the best version of themselves.
...to build amazing products that add value to people’s lives and positively impact the environment.
...to joyfully encourage every person I meet with my positive outlook and attitude.
...to show love for those around me through my cooking.
...to inspire young people to express their gifts through the arts.
...to empower others to live comfortable, efficient lives through my home organization business.
My mission is: “To joyfully teach people to thrive in all areas of life with health and well-being as a foundation”. Therefore as I go through my life, I am aligning my activities with things that create joy, health, and overall well-being. I recommend revisiting your personal mission statement at least once a year just to make sure that your values are still aligned with the same purpose. The week before the New Year’s Eve is a great time to re-visit this exercise. Maybe your personal mission will be precisely as it is today, or perhaps you will decide to make a few tweaks here and there. In any case, as you grow and change, keep your activities aligned with what is truly important to you during this phase of your life.