There are mission and vision statements for EVERY organization, school, business, church, etc. that I can think of. I’ll be honest and tell you that when I see, yet another, mission statement my first reaction is usually “yada yada . . . same ol’, same ol’” and I quickly scan and move on. The truth is that a mission statement isn’t at all helpful, unless it’s something that you are passionate about and it inspires you. Only then does the mission statement become important and so much more than words on a page.
The second piece that makes a mission statement worth the work and actually make a difference in your life is keeping it in front of you on a regular basis. It doesn’t do any good to go to the work of writing it and then file it away or stuff it in a drawer. It needs to be displayed or at least placed where you will read and reflect on it regularly. I placed mine in my prayer journal. I see it regularly and can pray through the pieces that I included.
Four years ago, I worked through the process of writing my own mission statement and continue to revise it.
My mission in life is . . .
*To daily walk with the Lord seeking Him in prayer, studying and obeying His word and surrendering to His will for my life.
*To allow Christ’s light to shine through me that others would see, come to know and praise our Father in Heaven.
*To make Jay feel loved, respected, encouraged, and supported.
*To love, encourage, train and have fun with Cason, Charli and Landri, while raising them to know, deeply love and trust in God..
*To choose joy despite circumstances.
*To praise God with my words and actions.
*To encourage others in their journeys of faith in God and as they aim to live their best lives and serving those in their circles of influence, as I pursue growth in these areas for myself.
I’ll confess. I fall very, VERY SHORT of these things!!!!! There’s lots of room for growth. But this is who I WANT to be, and reading these things on a regular basis inspires me to make choices that move me closer to living a life in which I am accomplishing these things on a regular basis.
I hear the same thing over and over again from the ladies that go through my Intentional Living Academy. They very often express their discouragement with where they currently are in life as we complete the assessment and several exercises leading up to the life plan writing process. It’s painful sometimes to reflect on our lives, but the truth is that we won’t see positive change until we recognize where were currently are (which is not only just recognizing the room for growth, but also means celebrating the good in our lives), determining where we want to go, and developing a plan on how to get there. This process brings so much clarity and peace! It’s the first step to living the lives we dream of!
As a side note, I will tell you that as women, we can be very hard on ourselves. Often times we see our shortcomings and the areas that aren’t where we want them to be, but fail to step back and celebrate the many things that we are doing right. Stopping to the celebrate has been an important part of my Intentional Living Academy for many of my clients.
When writing your own personal mission statement, I’d encourage you to start by answering these questions.
- Who are the most important people in your life? How do you want to positively affect them? What kind of relationship do you want to develop with them?
- What do you value most?
- What do you want others to think of when they think of you? How do you want to positively impact the people you come in contact with?
- How has God gifted you and how will you use that gift?
- What brings you joy, peace and contentment?
I’d highly encourage you to answer these questions and would love to hear your answers. I’m passionate about empower women to become their best selves and live their best lives!
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