Leadership Tip of the Month
Copyright 2002 ã weLEAD, Inc.
is Your Personal Mission Statement?
This month we continue to discuss why and how you should create your own personal mission statement. To read part 1 of “What is Your Personal Mission Statement” click here!
When sitting down to write your own mission
statement, remember that it should be composed of at least four basic parts. If your mission statement is too
short it will be ambiguous and have very little real meaning (some
organizations suffer from the same problem). On the other hand, if it is too
long it will lose its motivational impact and read like a journal. Four to five
paragraphs is a good readable length.
are the four basic parts we recommend be included
as part of your document.
•PART 1 – Beliefs
•PART 2 - Personal family goals…parent, spouse, child
3 - Personal career goals…job, purpose, skills
•PART 4 - Personal life
goals…education, spiritual development, extend talents, maintain health, serve
others, proper attitude, loving relationships, philanthropy, etc.
Here are some more details on what it should include:
•Beliefs and values. What is your moral code? What values give guidance to
your daily life? Whether it is the “golden rule”, religious scriptures or
another source, this is where you should begin! In this opening paragraph of
your mission statement, strongly state your deeply held ethical principles and
moral code. If you haven’t thought intensely
about this before, it could be the most revealing
part of your mission statement.
•Personal family goals. This includes your relationship with your parent(s),
spouse, and children. If you want a happy and balanced family life you also
need to have these essential goals. Of course, input from all family members
will make these goals more attainable and fun to achieve! How do you want to
“coach” each member to become all they can possibly be?
•Personal career goals including job fulfillment, purpose, and
do you work? Is it to find personal fulfillment or simply to generate income
for other interests in life? Do you want to change your career path? If so, how
do you plan on making this change? Are there career skills you want to enhance
or acquire? At the end of your career, what do you want others to say about
your contribution in the workplace?
•Personal life goals including your education, developing talents,
maintaining health, philosophical attitude, loving relationships, philanthropy,
etc. This part includes some
of the most satisfying aspects of human life, and sadly most people put these
off until retirement or forever! How do you plan on maintaining a healthy body and mind? Do you need more education to fulfill
a lifelong personal goal? Do you desire to “give back” to others for the
blessings you have been granted? What would you do for the rest of your life if
money were not a limitation?
is time to sit down in a quiet environment and write it. Don’t rush the
process, let your creativity express what is in your heart. Allow this document
to be a vital extension of
you! Take pride and ownership in what you write. If you get a feeling of mental
gridlock, step away for a few hours and come back to it later. Work on it until
the document reflects what you truly feel and believe. Allow your personal mission statement to inspire you.
For weLEAD, this is Greg Thomas reminding you
that it was Mark Twain who said, “Let us endeavor so to live that
when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
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