In part one, I described how to brainstorm and clarify the areas in your life to write a personal mission statement.
In part two, I will describe how to consider the bigger picture and bring all this information together to create a personal mission statement.
Consider the Big Picture
After you have identified your roles, areas of responsibility and your values, consider where and who you’d like to be over the next 12 months, five years and even ten years.
This may include a wish list of places you’d like to go, projects you’d like to accomplish or dreams you’d like to realise.
Consider what you’d do if you had unlimited time, money and resources. Think big!
Try and identify actions or projects in area of your life that will help you accomplish these dreams. These may include things like completing a masters, launching a new product in a new territory or preparing a son/daughter for college etc.
This is a good time to consider the resources available now and in the future and how each project will impact on the other areas of your life.
For example, going back to college will take time away from your family and may use up some financial resources. Is this something that’s in keeping with your values and goals?
Bring It All Together
The final step in the creation of a mission statement is the gathering together of all this information in a document or source that you will refer to regularly.
This involves the consolidation of your roles, areas of responsibility, values, goals and dreams into several key themes or principles.
If you’re stuck, write a few lines about what you’d like people to say about your life on your 90th birthday party or at your funeral; you can base on brainstorming from part one.
The final result could be a mantra or motto that you repeat or it could be longer piece of work that you read or review regularly. It may start with verbs or statements like:
- “I believe…”
- “I am happiest when…”
- “I stand by…”
- “I am at my best when…”
It could also be a mind map that you return to regularly or even a picture or logo.
It will take some time to develop a mission statement that makes sense to you, and you will have to review your statement regularly to see if it reflects who you are.
The idea is that your creation will be personal.
In times of crisis or indecision, it represents your North Star.
You may choose to put your mission statement on your wall or keep it somewhere private but accessible. You could also expand this mission statement and develop one for your family or even connect it to your company’s mission statement.
If all this sounds like a lot of work (it is!) you can try this online mission statement builder developed by Covey.
Please let me know in the comments section below about how you created your personal mission statement.