The Power of the Personal Mission Statement

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What’s your personal mission statement?

If you don’t have one, I recently wrote a guest post for Lifehack that explains how you can write a personal mission statement today.

My post is called: Why And How To Make A Mission Statement For Your Life

Why Personal Mission Statements Are Important

I first came across the idea of a personal mission statement when I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

Covey explains how personal mission statements are a tool for life, and that they can help anyone (including writers) work on the right things, at the right time.

He explains:

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed.

This is also a topic that Richard Nelson Bolles address in What Color is Your Parachute.

Bolles’ books is an annual publication, which provides practical tips for people who are unemployed or stuck in a career rut.

In his book, he explains how important it is for job-seekers to spend time figuring out who they are and what they want from a career.

Bolles writes:

Unemployment becomes life transition, when you can’t find a job doing the same work you’ve always done. Since you have to rethink one thing,

Bolles goes to to explain how knowing yourself will help you find a better, more rewarding career.

Why I value personal mission statements

After reading these books last year, I wrote a two-blog post about the value of a personal mission statements.

I discovered that personal mission statements are a tremendous help for anyone who wants to:

  • write more challenging works
  • become more creative
  • work on the right things at the right time
  • avoid past mistakes
  • find a more rewarding path in life

Your personal mission statement can help you make big life decisions, it can help you avoid past mistakes, and it can guide you in times of crisis.

Check out my guest post

In my new post for Lifehack, I provide practical tips that can help anyone write a personal mission statement.

Read my post on Lifehack.

Have you written a personal mission statement yet? Would you like to write one?

You can reach me on Twitter or we can connect on Google+.

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