Create Your Personal Mission Statement

by | Dec 26, 2014 | Planning Your Business, Taking Action

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With the New Year fast upon us, many entrepreneurs are focusing on creating their business game plan for 2015. Such business plans often include a mission and vision statement, as well as a few other choice parts. But what if you applied this process to your entire life? What would your life’s Mission Statement be?

Why Create a Mission Statement for Your Life?

Pablo Picasso once said that “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.” He suggested that “There is no other route to success.” A plan always starts out with a Mission Statement … a goal to which the plan drives us.

Imagine what it would be like to be so crystal clear about what your mission in life was that you could easily say “yes” to opportunities that moved you forward and “no” to those that took you further from your mission. Creating a Life Mission Statement does just that.

What Does a Life Mission Statement Look Like?

Using a business mission statement template as a guide, your life mission statement could look something like this:

I, [your name], am here on Planet Earth to [strong, active verb] [noun that verb acts upon] so that [ultimate benefit of your existence].

Now, I know that seeing it in this format can make the whole thing seem daunting, but keep in mind these things:

  1. Your mission can change as you accomplish things in your life, so don’t fret over your wording too much. This is a guide that you can tweak, improve and evolve over time.
  2. Keep it simple. Your “ultimate benefit of existence” doesn’t have to be world peace. It could be something as simple as “the world is somehow better for having me in it.”

Here’s an example:

I, Carma Spence, am here on Planet Earth to create a bridge between intuition and business so that I and the women I guide can more fully own our self-worth, making the world a better place.

Your Life Mission Statement should have these characteristics:

  • You believe in it. This is something you can get behind.
  • You can act upon it. There is something doable about your mission.
  • It excites you. Your soul says “YES!” when you read it.

My mission statement does all that for me. Now can you come up with one that does those things for you? Take a moment this week to write yours down and then use it as your guide post throughout 2015.

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