If you died tomorrow what would your friends, family members, or co-workers say about you?
Imagine it. Take a minute away from your work, look away from your computer and imagine these individuals talking about you. Think about what they say about your character, contributions and achievements.
Then think about what you would want them to say.
This is one of many techniques for creating a mission statement. A mission statement is a written statement about who you are and what you stand for. It should longer than a slogan, and more structured then a list. It should in a few sentences describe why you do the things you do, how you believe you should do them and what those things are.
Here is an example:
I believe in expressing myself through care, music and art. I am honest with myself and my family members. I push myself and those I love, friend and family, to be honest, fair and sincere. I do not have any guilty pleasures because I am proud of the things that I like. I will always be supportive of other people’s works of expression. I will always be a student of life, spirituality, and my hobbies.
Most famous of all mission statements is the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Here is an excerpt:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
It’s starting with a very strong belief and then listing the cornerstone to how government should function. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, the US government has a sole purpose to protect the rights of it’s citizens.
Another way to go about creating a mission statement is to simply think of some powerful character traits. Think about how you use these traits in your daily life and what you want to achieve. Here is an example I found on the internet:
I am an educator. I am passionate about supporting the growth and education of others – in whatever context that might be.
I believe in empowerment.
I will treat all people with the same respect regardless of race, gender, ability or disability.
In relationships with my coworkers, my supervisors, and my customers, I will strive to be humble, considerate, honest, kind, forgiving, and wise.
Each day I will say something kind to, and about someone else; thank those who have helped me, and do something kind for someone else.
I value and keep my word.
In everything I do, I will be guided by my values and shall give it my interest, my enthusiasm, my passion, and most importantly, myself.
I hold myself accountable and give myself credit.
I am part of a larger community – as such, I will strive, always, to encourage and support the dreams and aspirations of others, learn about others, and contribute to the betterment of my community.
Having something written down allows for us to have a strong vision to aim towards. These are essential for large organizations and are very useful for your self or your family.
Share your missions statement!