What’s Your Vision? Writing a Mission Statement for Your Life

Have you ever tried to take a long trip to an area you’ve never been before without using a map or GPS? Let’s say that you live in New York City and want to travel to a small town in California. You might have some general idea of how to get there such as “go West”, however, you will never find the specific place you want to go without having a roadmap. Sure, you could ask people along the way but that would take a lot of time and energy for no reason. By setting up your roadmap in advance, you can avoid all of the time wasting activities that don’t line up with your trip.

The same process needs to be used when you’re creating your own personal mission statement for your life. Businesses create mission statements as a way of making sure that they keep their focus pointed in the right direction. In other words, you don’t want to be doing things that don’t line up with your overall goal. If your goal is to become a book writer, then you don’t want to spend your time learning how to build a website, for instance. If your goal is to run a public relations organization, then you don’t want to take car repair classes. These are very simple examples, but they make perfect sense when you think about all of the steps that need to be taken in order to reach your ultimate goal.

So how do you go about creating your own personal mission statement that will keep you motivated in times of struggle? The first thing you need to keep in mind is that it should be simple, short and clear. Mission statements really should only be about 3 to 5 sentences in length. It should talk about what you want your focus to be and who you want to become as a person. Really consider the qualities, and behaviors, habits and actions you must take in order to lead yourself closer and closer to this ultimate goal.

You want your mission statement to be positive, so don’t focus on what you don’t want. Instead of saying “I don’t want to be broke anymore”, say things like “I want to add $5000 to my monthly income”. By focusing on the positive, you will attract more of it. Also talk about the positive character traits and values that you want to develop in yourself. Self-development is what always leads to more success and wealth in your life.

Use your mission statement as a day-to-day compass that is guiding you. As you make decisions, look at your mission statement to see if the decision will lineup with your goal. If it doesn’t, it makes your decision-making process a lot easier. Make sure that your business mission statement lines up with your personal mission statement. Anytime you have a conflict between the two, you’re going to find yourself struggling as you are trying to achieve two different things.

Always remember that your personal mission statement is not set in stone. As you change and your business changes, there are things about your mission statement that will be altered as well. As long as your thoughts and ideas to line up with your morals, values and goals, adjusting your mission statement along the way is perfectly fine.

One final tip is that you can share your mission statement with other like-minded individuals. For instance, if you’re a member of a mastermind group or forum for your business, you might want to share your mission statement as a way of keeping yourself accountable to other people.

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