I know that sounds like a cheesy statement.
When I used to hear the term mission statement I was reminded back to college when every education class I took, I had to write a mission statement based on my philosophy of education. Or I think of companies who are try to market a product or service.
I didn’t think of how a personal mission statement could actually be applied to real life.
Well let me tell you it can!
By creating a personal mission statement for myself, I have become:
- more productive
- more purposeful
- more intentional
- more inspired
When I started out writing mine, my purpose was to become a better mom by having a motherhood mission statement. However as I worked through the process I quickly realized that having a personal mission statement applies to so much more than motherhood. So even if your not a mom, I would still encourage you to create one.
There are a few steps to work through, so find a time when you can have an uninterrupted time. I worked on mine at a coffee house while my kids where with their grandmother.
Step #1: List your priorities or your roles
- home keeper
- church member
- Bible study student
Step #2: Put your roles in order of the most important to you.
I wrote mine above in the order of importance to my life. I’m a Christian first which flows into every aspect of my life life, including my marriage and mothering my children.
From there my other priorities flow into a natural order.
Step 3: Focus on how to simplify your roles
In other words, organize or prioritize which are the ones that you must do.
- home keeper
Step 4: Identify verbs or adjectives and create action sentences
Look at your top roles, and think of verbs or adjectives that define what you do in each of those areas. Use the words to map out into action sentences.
For example, for my role of mother, I wrote out the following:
You’ll want to do this for each of your roles you prioritized in step 3.
Once you have written out your action sentences, you pretty much have the basis for your mission statement. It is encouraging to read it several times, even have your husband or a close, trusted friend read it to to give you feedback.
Once you have a finalized mission statement, type it out, make it pretty, and put in a place (or multiple places) where you will see it everyday. Mine is located in my home management binder, but I’m also going to place it in my bathroom as a reminder to myself every morning while I’m getting dressed.
Tomorrow I will share with you my personal mission statement, so be sure to check back!
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