Do you tear up when you think about being held hostage to uncertainty? Does the wheel in the sky keep on turning, making you feel as though you are merely a hamster on a wheel, running hard but going nowhere?
Then it’s time to design your personal mission statement.
Your personal mission statement is like a personal GPS. Can you imagine getting in the car and driving without knowing where you are going? You need a destination, and you need directions. Without them, you don’t know where you’ll end up.
Instead of tearing up with boredom or purposelessness, you’ll have tears of joy when you realize you’re living life from the core of your being. With clarity comes freedom!
Here’s how to write a personal mission statement.
Gather Your Raw Data
1. Build in one hour a week
This is vital business. Make a an appointment for yourself. Look at your calendar for the next week, and block out one hour a week for the next four weeks.
Or a half hour. Or even 15 minutes.
The important thing is to get started.
3. Use the 3 Goal Development Questions To Tap Into Your Deepest Desires for a Meaningful Life
4. Go through the 7 Step Process For Discovering and Living Your Purpose
Write Your Personal Mission Statement
With all the data you have gathered from the four exercises above, write some rough drafts of your mission statement, phrasing it so that it directly or indirectly answers the following questions:
- What do you do? (What)
- How do you do it? (How?)
- Whom are you serving? (Who?)
- Why are you doing it? (Why?)
- What’s different? (Uniqueness)
Personal Mission Statement Examples
I’ve included some mission statements from people I admire:
My mission is to dedicate my life to Entertaining, Educating, Encouraging, and Inspiring Others! To share my passions and experiences in life in an authentic and transparent way that inspires others to make positive changes in their lives. I want to be known as a follower of Jesus who authentically attempts to live out my faith (though I may fail miserably at times) in a way that engages popular culture without turning others off. I want to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that I have and to be ready to do so with gentleness and respect.
- “To touch others’ lives, help them achieve their highest potential and live their best lives”
- “To achieve my highest potential and live consciously and freely in truth, love and power”
Here’s my current personal mission statement:
I inspire children and Gen X fathers, particularly on the autism spectrum, reach their full relational and career potential by a) connecting deeply with them in empathy and humor; and b) providing innovative solutions rooted in my writing, speaking, teaching, research, and learning from a Christian world view.
Personal Mission Statement Articles and Templates
Barrie Davenport, life coach, has written a great article: Do You Have a Mission Statement?
Dr. Randall Hansen shares The Five Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statements
Dumb Little Man provides some great insights in this article: Should You Write a Personal Mission Statement?
And Celestine Chua tells you how to Discover Your Life Purpose In the Next 30 Minutes
Finally, here are some templates for Personal Mission Statement WritingWhat is your personal mission statement? Has it made a difference in your life? I’d love to hear about it!