Developing a Mission Statement for your Life
Have you ever wondered why you were here? Not here as in on-line communicating with others but, the big WHY? Why do you exist? Why do we exist?
What is our purpose?
What actions, values and causes inspire us as human beings? What is Our Mission? What are we collectively for? What is our vision for ourselves?
Why? How do the missions of the individual human being relate to the mission of the entire human race? What is Life Calling Us to do? Ultimately: What
Is Our Mission Statement?
The purpose of any mission statement is to communicate with one another what we are committed to doing. A mission statement communicates the ideal;
the end result to which the work is leading.
Maybe now more than ever before, in this time of conflict and confusion of crisis beyond our control on a global scale, it is imperative upon us to
reflect on the actions, values and beliefs that guide our lives.
Should your/our life, our societal structure, our purpose be guided by a hoped for result? By not giving ample time to determining our purpose - are
we wandering down many paths, following the shiniest ball of the moment, and lacking of vision for our future? If you believe at all that some
clarification of purpose would serve you, or indeed serve all of us, then I would share this place to start.
Ok…so here comes the “working” part of this thread. (the roll up your sleeves, here we go part)
Many more years than I’d care to count ago, I had the experience of working with corporate and non-profit boards and government in developing
mission statements. Throughout the various retreats, different methods were used to help develop mission statements that were clear, concise and
against which all future plans and actions could be measured.
The tools I will share have been inspired by many sources over the years. The one that I have found most useful inspired me to develop a boiled-down
version that can work for either finding your own personal purpose and/or the purpose for a collective such as humanity itself.
I strongly encourage anyone who has not recently taken the time to consider where you are and where you really want to go in life to try the following
steps. These steps are a way of developing a mission statement for your own life and our lives collectively without being overwhelmed by having to
put the whole thing together at once. Here is where it starts.
Part I: Mission Statement Action Words
A good place to start developing a mission statement is by finding the actions that resonate within oneself. Search for words that, for lack of a
more scientific definition, just seem to fit. They feel right. They make you feel like yes…I do that and I love doing that and it fits. Then
search the list again for the three words that you feel represent what we collectively should be doing. You can only choose three.
Every mission requires action. Action words are verbs. Verbs are the DO part of any plan. At the basic level what three things is it you really
like to DO? Look at this list and select 3 verbs that most inspire you. Write them down. What are they?
Examples of Action Verbs
Part II Mission Statement Values
For now, put those three verbs aside. Let’s move onto finding your core values. Again, let’s find three values that represent the core of what
you want your life to be about, and three that represent what you believe our lives collectively should be about. What three things should you/we
value above all else. Your actions are driven by your values whether you recognize it at all times or not. No personal or collective mission
statement can be complete without words that reflect your/our values. Write them down.
Examples of a Core Value
Now, pause before you move onto Part III. Ask yourself what principle; what cause have I identified? What value or purpose would I be willing to
literally devote my life to? What would you be willing to defend to the death from the very core of your being? For those with the time to indulge
all of us….please find the three core values that you think should most represent what we – collectively – stand for too.
(Continued in next post)
[edit on 27-6-2010 by DancedWithWolves]