What Should Be In Your PERSONAL Mission Statement
All organisations need a Mission Statement -it is an essential guide to activity and purpose. Just like any organisation you need to have a Mission Statement for yourself, so that you know where you are going and how you intend to get there.
The best way to start this process off is by being clear on the end goal or achievement in mind and then to work backwards from that point. Your Mission Statement focuses on what you want to be (character) and what you intend to do (activities and achievements) coupled with your values or principles upon which your character and activity is based.
Your Mission Statement is unique to you, written in a way that you find to be useable by you, and for you. It should not look like anyone else’s document and should express your views in the way that you want.
Some content might, for example, include:
- Hear all sides of an argument before making a judgement
- Always be honest
- Be sincere but also be decisive
- Plan tomorrow’s work today
- Keep a positive attitude, however difficult things can become
- Never fear mistakes
- Help your subordinates get on
Your Mission Statement should act as a standard by which to judge yourself: it should be capable of being defended and measured against what you produce and what, and how, you do it. While we all operate in challenging and changing times, your Mission Statement should hold firm despite what may be going on around you.
Once set, you can set about deciding your priorities and start to deliver against them.
The following should feature in your Mission Statement:
- Security: basic personal strengths, self-esteem, sense of worth, what you are about
- Direction: where you are going with your life, your internal frame of reference. For example, are you directed just by maximising your income or are there other, non-financial drivers for you?
- Wisdom: what are your perspectives on life, what principles do you follow?
- Power: making choices and decisions, your capacity to act
Other factors shaping your Mission Statement might include Family focus, Money as a driving force, the importance of work, possessions as a driving force, social focus (friends and enemies) and self-centredness.
If you have considered this approach in the past, but have not committed this to paper, do so now and use the process as a self-review, moving forward once the ink on the page dries!
If you have not considered what might be in your Mission Statement, do it now – it is never too late to do the exercise and benefit from it!
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