How To Develop A Mission Statement
It’s 2009. So what?
You have “new years resolutions” I’m sure.
“I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to exercise more.” “ I’m going to live a happy life.”
All valid goals! But if you’re like most people you’re going to fail.
What? Did I really just use the F-word?
Let me be the first to say that I have new years resolutions too.
I want to take my blog to the “next level.” I want to eat healthier. I want to exercise more. I want to build even deeper relationships than I already have.
Just like you I’m human. I desire for a better life.
But you see the thing is many of us fail to implement our new years resolutions. Many of us revert to our same old negative habits with in months, weeks, or days, perhaps even hours.
Why is this?
Because you don’t have a purpose. A mission.
Let me say that again you don’t have a purpose or a mission.
Before you scream back but… but.. “ I want to help people!” “ I want to be skinny!” “I want to be rich!”
Let me quickly say this:
Those are not missions. Those goals. Those are universal desires, not your specific mission.. Let me explain.
The people that get what they want. The people, who REALLY get what the want, have a mission. Missions, which, come rain or shine, day or night, they live for.
The live for.
Now look back at those things you supposedly “want.” “To help people.” “To be skinny.” “To be rich.”
Are you doing everything in your power to accomplish these things? If you haven’t discovered your true life mission, probably not.
I’ll be honest; developing a life mission isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work and deep thought, week’s perhaps even months of reflection. Trust me I learned the hard way. It not happen overnight. But developing a life mission is essential for success. This isn’t new.
Ask any truly successful individual what their life mission is, and I assure you they will respond back with a crystal clear response. Steven Covey author of 7 Habits of Highly effective people, a must read (as well as MANY other authors) discusses this topic in great detail.
Let me make myself clear. Mission statements are essential for success.
“Ok. Ok. A mission statement is important I get it. What do I do next?”
The answer is simple. Develop your own mission statement.
How do you this you may ask?
Reflect, reflect, and reflect.
I’m going to share with you my current mission statement. I update this constantly to fit my current dreams and intentions; therefore you must do the same. A mission statement is to remain flexible as you continue to learn and grow. So as of right now, the first of the year this is MY mission statement, one that I will base my values and success off of for the 2009 year.
You ready? Here it is.
“My purpose in life is to live passionately and courageously, to enjoy life, to radiate with energy, passion, and love, to share my knowledge in hopes of improving the consciousness of others, to continue to grow daily, sharing my passion for growth a long the way. To share my idea’s and thoughts through my passion for writing, which I believe to be one of the best mediums for expressing humanity. I live for a larger purpose than myself.”
Deep eh? Notice how detailed I was? This wasn’t just a common goal shared by humanity. This was MY mission, MY purpose.
What is yours?
When developing a mission statement it is of great importance to remember that it is YOUR mission. Not your mom’s. Not your dad’s. Not your wife or husbands. Not your friends or your kids. But YOURS.
Write down what you really want. Leave all your socially conditioned beliefs behind.
Want to be the best chef in the world? Want to be a vet? Want to help the homeless?
Feel it. Visualize it.
Go on. I’ll wait.
Be as specific as you can. If you are not absolutely filled with energy after this exercise, you still have a ways to go. The goal is be filled with energy when mediating on your mission.
Once you have discovered your mission, your true life mission, continue to build on this momentum daily. Review and meditate on your mission each day. Always remember to keep it congruent with the person you are. Change is ok. It means your growing.
I personally like to carry a card in which I have my mission statement written on in my wallet. This reminds me of my purpose numerous times thought-out the day. You may perhaps, post it on your wall, your fridge, anything that will remind you daily.
Now I must warn you. Developing a mission statement will not, I repeat will not rid your life of unfortunate circumstances. You will still have bad days. You will still have doubts. You will still have fears.
What a mission statement will do however; will give you the will to push through and to persevere. That is why developing one is essential to truly succeeding.
Simply recognizing your life mission will enhance the quality of your life tenfold. Your subconscious mind will begin to develop ways in which your mission can be carried out. With your whole mind, body, and soul behind your mission, rather than just your ego, you can begin to truly live in this boundless world.
May you have a wonderful 2009.