When companies want to define their direction – define their values – they write a mission statement. I find it useful to write mission statements for personal projects, like my blogs… but then I thought,
Why don’t I have Mission Statement for my Life?
After all… its the biggest project of all!
But…what is a Mission Statement anyway?
A Mission Statement is simply a formal declaration of aims, direction, core values, and beliefs. Now that we have our personal Core Values in front of us, a Mission Statement is easier to prepare.
A Mission Statement keeps me focused – a decision either fits or doesn’t fit my Mission.
A Mission Statement isn’t complicated, it isn’t fancy – its a simple statement – one or two sentences tops. Think of it like those header topics on an old-fashioned outline – it keeps you on track, like a map when you zoom out and see the line from one and to the other. A Mission Statement isn’t about the details, its not about plans or timelines – its a theme for how we want to live.
I tend to update my Mission Statement every year, just as I modify and update goals – it keeps me focused, it keeps me Living on Purpose.