Leadership Tip of the Month
Part 1 of 2
Copyright 2002 ã weLEAD, Inc.
is Your Personal Mission Statement?
Business today is
complex and vulnerable. Any organization that wishes to survive must have a clear
“mission statement” and an unquenchable drive to achieve it. A mission
statement for a business describes the purpose of the organization and
outlines the types of activities to be performed for constituents and
customers. It should also mention what unique value or services the
organization offers as a byproduct of its work.
However, life is
also very complex in today’s world and to maximize our individual potential and
opportunities we should also have a “personal mission statement”. What is yours? In a special way your personal mission
statement will define your purpose in this world along with the goals and
values you seek to achieve. It is your own particular “constitution”
that reflects your unique purpose and values! It will help to focus your
energies and resources. It will also provide a sense of orientation, and unify
the fragments of your life.
Here are some
sound reasons why you should invest the time to create your own personal
mission statement. If you are saying to yourself “why should I create one?”
Here are some points to ponder.
•It defines what I value. (Moral compass). This is a great aid,
particularly during difficult times in life when your ethics or standards are
•What do I stand for? (Belief system). This includes deeply held
principles, including your degree of spirituality.
•What is my essential mission in life? If you can’t articulate your
essential mission, the process of creating your personal mission statement will
prod you to ponder this essential question.
•What are my responsibilities? Many leaders ultimately fail because they either
forget their personal responsibilities to others or falsely believe they are
“above” normal expectations.
Things to remember in its
•It is yours only! Personalize it for you. This is your special assignment and creation. Take
the time to ask yourself some heartfelt questions and clear responses. Your
personal mission statement is supposed to be different than everyone else’s.
You are unique!
•Make it as short or as long as you want. There is not a “hard and
fast” rule, but if you want to frame it to hang on a wall, it will need to be
succinct to be readable in limited space.
•Work on it until it inspires you. The idea is for this document to motivate you when it is referred to in the future.
•It should reflect not just the way you are today, but what you hope to become in
a better tomorrow! Remember that leaders are visionaries who seek to improve the world or
business they live in.
What do we do with it?
•It should be written and made public at home! Take pride and ownership in
this document. If you are really bold
you may want to display it in the workplace on your desk or wall at the office!
•It should be reviewed at least once per week. A good suggestion is to do
this as part of a weekly meditation. If you are a spiritual person, perhaps the
time you set aside for religious observances would be ideal.
•It should provoke humble self-analysis. Your personal mission
statement will provide a “benchmark” to evaluate your present level of personal growth and development. This
should not only include reflection on what yet needs to be done, but on the
achievements accomplished to this point in time.
•It should be allowed to be re-written as we grow and
time we all change and hopefully mature as we grow through life’s experiences.
Expect to make adjustments to your goals and desires, as they will shift with
we will discuss how to write the basic parts of
your own personal mission statement!
For weLEAD, this is Greg Thomas reminding you
that it Robert Browning who wrote, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his
grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
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