I know, I know, when you think “mission statement” you get an image a man in a suit and tie at a big corporation dictating the company’s mission statement to its thousands of employees. But the truth is that we can all benefit from crafting a vision of how we want to live our lives. Think of a life mission statement as a light guiding you along the path or direction you choose to take in this life.
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As a busy mom, I totally understand that sometimes something as simple as planning dinner for the night can seem like an insurmountable task (especially if you have little ones in tow). So how the heck are you going to plan a mission for your entire life? Well, the good news is that a personal mission statement is not set in stone. You’re not going to map out your entire life in one mission statement. In fact, the statement you write today will change over time.
As you get older (and, hopefully, wiser), as your children grow up and as your circumstances change, your life mission statement will change, too. Think of it as a fluid statement that helps move your life in the direction you choose for your life, rather than having life move you in the direction it has chosen for you.
You might be asking yourself, why do I need a life mission statement? Well, here are some good reasons:
- You want to live your life with intention
- You want to make decisions based on your core values
- You want to clarify what is important to you
- You want to find purpose in your life
- You want to live a life of meaning and joy
If any of these reasons resonate with you, then read on and let’s get started creating your life vision statement.
5 Steps To Craft Your Life Mission Statement
Although a personal mission statement is typically not very long, it’s usually about a paragraph in length, it’s not always an easy thing to create. You need to spend some time brainstorming, sifting through and prioritizing what’s truly important to you (and what’s not), and writing it all down in a concise actionable statement.
To make this process easier, I’ve created 5 easy steps to help you create your own personal mission statement.
Step 1: Pray Or Meditate To Prepare For Some Soul Searching
Before you get started thinking about your life mission statement, spend some time clearing your mind. Take a few moments praying, mediating and doing some deep breathing exercises. You want to be able to fully focus on the task at hand.
You will be creating a statement that will guide you in your life journey and help you live by the core values you believe are most important. Please spend as much time as you need to get your inner self prepared for this precious work.
Step 2: Think About Your Life Vision
Now, that you’re ready to dig deeper take out a piece of paper or open up a Word document. It’s time to start brainstorming.
During Step 2 you are going to think about the big picture of your life. The most effective way to accomplish this is to begin with the end in mind. To help you understand what I mean, I want you to complete the exercise below which is similar to the one described by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Imagine you are at the end of your life. What would you want the people who knew you during your life to say about you. Answer the following questions:
- What are the things that you want to be remembered for?
- What did you accomplish?
- What would your family say about you?
- What would your friends say about you?
- What would your colleagues say about you?
- What would your community say about you (church/volunteer work)?
What did you write down? Does your current life trajectory reflect what your soul, mind and heart really want for your life?
Spend some time crafting several vision statements. They should reflect what you want to achieve in your life. They can start with “I want to…” or “my vision is to…”
Now that you have a clearer idea of what your vision is for your life, let’s set those statements aside and take a look at your life roles.
Step 3: List And Prioritize Your Roles
For this step, you are going to spend a few minutes listing out all of your various roles.
These are some of my roles: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, volunteer, beloved child of God.
When you have your list completed, I want you to prioritize it. What are the most important roles you play in your life? What makes them important? Write this all down.
Once you’ve created your prioritized list of roles and what makes them important to you, I want you to start thinking about your values.
Step 4: Define Your Core Values
Values are things that are important to us in our lives. Values give our life purpose. In this step you are going to define your core values. By core values, I mean what are the most important values to you in your life? I recommend coming up with 4-7 core values.
Some of my core values are: love/kindness, compassion, openness, respect, faith, loyalty, and honesty.
In this step, you are going to create a list of as many values as you can think of. Then you are going to select 4-7 that are most important to you. Once you’ve created this core list, you’re ready to move on to the final step!
In Step 5, you are going to take your vision page, your list of prioritized roles, and your list of core values and start drafting your personal mission statement.
Step 5: Write Your Life Mission Statement
You want your mission statement to tie together your vision, your core values and your most important roles. Your first draft is going to put all of these pieces together. Unlike your vision statement, which states your future intent for your life, your mission statement is going to list your present intent for your life, your purpose for your life.
To give you an idea of some things to include in your personal mission statement, I’ve included some sample statements below:
- To live as a faithful follower of Christ.
- To be a devoted, loving, and compassionate mother and wife.
- To lead a family-focused life.
- To be present and uninhibited in my interactions with God and others.
- To treat others and myself with grace, compassion, love and respect.
- To be a community leader in service.
- To inspire and encourage others to live a life of meaning and joy.
- To live a healthy life where I exercise often and nourish my body with healthy food.
- To respect the earth and spend time in nature.
The final draft should be concise. It will include about 4-7 statements like those above. Remember to keep it short and simple. By going through the process of fine tuning your statement, you will find more clarity in your life’s mission.
I take a look at my mission statement at least once a month. Typically, I review it during my monthly review to remind myself of what’s most important to me, and also to see if it’s still an accurate reflection of my vision for my life. Keep it somewhere that’s easy to locate. Consider saving it as a note on your phone so you can pull it up wherever you.
I’m so excited for you to begin this process of coming up with a vision and mission for your life. If you’d like more help with your life mission statement, you can
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I’d love to see some of your personal mission statements when they’re done. Share them with me in the comments section below!