As we head in 2020, a lot of people are following the “New Year, New Me” trend of attempting to completely reinvent themselves. But the truth is that you don’t have to become someone different to have a better life. Self-improvement means striving to become the best version of yourself, not an entirely different person. It means accepting unchangeable flaws and working to improve the ones you can change.
Personal growth is not easy, and it is not always simple either. There will be times when you feel lost, confused, or unsure if you’re doing the correct thing. A personal mission statement will guide you in the right direction and prepare you for feelings of overwhelm and uncertainty in your self-improvement journey.
What is a personal mission statement?
The phrase “mission statement” is often used to describe the core values of a brand or business. A personal mission statement is similar, but it is all about you. It describes your path in life, what your purpose is, and how you will impact the world around you. It can be one sentence, or it can be a paragraph or two. You will want to keep it concise so you can easily remember it.
At first, writing a personal mission statement can seem overwhelming, especially if you haven’t discovered your purpose yet. But don’t worry! Mission statements are not meant to be static. You can always go back and change your mission statement later if it no longer aligns with your aspirations.
A personal mission statement can help you achieve your goals!
An effective personal mission statement will…
- Define and reiterate your core values
- Help you make big life decisions
- Motivate and inspire you when things get tough
- Keep you on the path toward personal growth
If you struggle with finding your identity or reason for being, a personal mission statement will be incredibly helpful for you. Many people believe it is the key to discovering where you belong in society.
When you’re faced with uncertainty, you can look back on your personal mission statement and let it guide you in making important decisions. It will provide you with a guideline for who you are, what you value, and what you plan to do with your life.
A personal mission statement will also keep you hyper-focused on your goals. You can use it as a benchmark for what you should be doing in your day-to-day routine to follow your life’s purpose. Any activities that fall far outside the mission statement are extraneous. You will be able to identify and limit activities that are irrelevant to your life goals. That way, you can focus on the things that matter most to you.
Examples of personal mission statements
Below are examples of a few different approaches you can take with your personal mission statement.
- I will inspire success in students through education and compassion. I will show them that, even though they might feel small in a gigantic world, they have the power to make an impact.
- Through my creative writing skills, I will raise awareness about the climate change crisis.
- I will be a loving and supportive wife and mother, and I will use my passion for art to start my own home-based business.
- I will travel the world, learn as much as I can about different cultures, and raise awareness about international issues using my photojournalism skills.
Notice the language I used in the mission statements above. Instead of saying “I want to do xyz,” I wrote “I will do xyz.” You want your mission statement to be powerful and motivating, so you should use words that imply action.
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How to write your personal mission statement:
1. Grab a sheet of paper, a pen, and a highlighter (if you have one).
Writing your thoughts down on paper will facilitate the brainstorming process.
2. Begin free writing about who you are and what you want out of life.
In this step, just write down whatever comes to mind. Tell your inner critic to shut up, and let go of perfectionism. This is free writing, which means it doesn’t have to be sensical. You want all the ideas in your brain to flow onto your paper without any judgment or criticism.
If you want, you can use the prompts below to guide your free writing. They will help you make sure all bases are covered in the personal mission statement you’re about to write in the next step.
Prompts for free writing:
- How would you describe your best self?
- What does your dream life look like?
- What do you hope to accomplish before you die?
- What are you most passionate about?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
3. Now, re-read what you wrote and highlight or circle the parts that are most important to you.
As you’re reading, if you see something that sticks out to you, highlight it. You want to highlight the words or phrases that are important to you and your values.
4. Use the highlighted words or phrases to draft your mission statement.
When you look back at the highlighted parts, they should seem less overwhelming than the big block of free writing text you had before. Now that you have the most important sections picked out, you can begin a draft of your mission statement.
Note that this first go-round is only a draft, so once again, don’t get too hung up on it being perfect. It will probably take a few tries for you to get it right. And like I mentioned earlier, you can always change it later. 🙂
5. Revise your draft and make it as concise as possible without compromising value.
You may want to revise your mission statement draft two, three, or four times to make it concise. Short and sweet mission statements are more likely to stick, and they will be easier to remember. If there’s a part of your mission statement that is wordy or cumbersome, try to cut it down and make it shorter.
Basically, you want to say what you need to say, but get to the point as quickly as possible.
6. Write your completed mission statement in a place where you will see it often.
You could write it down in a planner, notebook, or notes on your phone. Look at it regularly so it can motivate and inspire you! <3
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That’s it for this post. I hope you enjoy crafting your mission statement! If you want to share yours, leave me a comment below. I’d love to read it.
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