Developing a Mission Statement & Vision Statement
All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. – Brian Tracy
Your Personal Mission Statement
Creating a Personal Mission Statement will be, without question, one of the most powerful and significant things you will ever do to take leadership of you life. In it you will identify who you want to be, what you want to do, for whom, and the legacy you want to leave. All the goals and decisions you will make in the future will be based upon it. A personal mission statement provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose. A personal mission statement is the guiding principle for your life; it may be only one line e.g. Walt Disney's mission is “To make people happy.” Here is a slightly longer mission statement from attorney Robert W. Harris: “My mission is to learn and understand my clients' needs and the external factors affecting them so that I can aggressively and professionally represent them throughout the legal process.” Here is another example (source unknown): “My mission is to create a profitable restaurant with a delightful ambiance, delicious food, and excellent service where people can genuinely relish their dining experience.” Your personal mission statement defines who you are and how you will live. It should be able to guide your actions, spell out your overall goals, provide a sense of direction and guide your decision making. Your personal mission statement should contain two basic elements:
What you want to do – What you want to accomplish and what contributions you want to make What you want to be – Character strengths you want to have and qualities you want to develop
Your mission statement is not static. Over a period of several years, your priorities and values are likely to change. That is good because change means growth. Your dreams change and, therefore, so do your goals. As this occurs, it is appropriate for to update or expand your mission statement.
In your heart, you know what's most important to you. Your every day activities – how you live – demonstrates your de facto mission and values. Detailed information on how to develop a mission statement is available from many libraries and bookstores. Also, there are several Web sites with on-line tools to help you define your passion and develop your personal mission statement. You may want to check out these Web sites: http://www.nightingale.com/tmission_examplestatement.aspx
http://www.quintcareers.com/creating_personal_mission_statements.html http://bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/materials/spch/Nudelman/200missstateWRKSHTspr03.asp The Worksheet to Develop a Personal Mission Statement below is a useful tool to help you develop your personal mission statement.
Worksheet to Develop a Personal Mission Statement
Step One – Define what you want to be and do.
What I’d like to do: _______________________________________________________________________________ What I’d like to be:________________________________________________________________________________ Step Two: Identify an Influential Person.
Think about how this individual has contributed to your life. This person may be a parent, work associate, friend, family member, or neighbor. Answer the following questions, keeping in mind your personal goals on what you want to be and do.
Who has been one of the most influential people in my life? _______________________________________________ Which qualities do I most admire in that person?________________________________________________________ What qualities have I gained (or desire to gain) from that person?___________________________________________ Step Three – Define your Life Roles.
You live your life in terms of roles – not in...
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