This is the second of a two-part lesson on creating your personal mission statement. A personal mission statement gives you a sense of purpose. It defines who you are and how you will live.
Think of your personal mission statement as a target that you aim for. It is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in your life. That’s the target. You take aim by focusing your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions towards the things that are most important to you.
You are never too young to have a personal mission statement. The following ideas should be helpful for creating one that’s just right for you. Start with a list. That will get your creativity flowing. I recommend making two to three separate lists. For example, start one list of things you want to achieve, do or become. Then, start another list of reasons why those things are important to you. For the third list, explain the actions or steps that you need to take to accomplish your mission.
If you follow those three steps, your personal mission statement would look like this: “To … [what you want to achieve, do or become] … so that … [reasons why it is important]. I will do this by … [specific behaviors or actions you can use to get there].”
Here is that example written as a personal mission statement for someone with health and fitness goals. “To be healthy, fit and energetic so that I can enjoy life to the fullest and have the energy that I need to pursue my goals. I will do this by exercising regularly, following a nutritious diet, and eliminating habits that are bad for my health.”
Now you see that it doesn’t have to be complicated at all. It’s about you deciding how you want to live your life by aiming for your highest potential.
Another idea is to start one list of things that you value. Next, make a list of why these values are important to you. End with a list of how you can live according to these values. If you pull one item from each of those three lists, your personal mission statement will look like this: “I value …[choose one to three things]… because …[reasons why these values are important to you]. Because of this, I will …[what you can do to live by these values].”
Or, you can keep it simple. Create a list of the qualities that you want to have. Then, create another list of how you will use those qualities to be of service to others. That personal mission statement will look like this: “To be known as someone who is …[qualities you want to have]… so that I can…[specific ways you will use these qualities to be of service to others].”
Feel free to combine the ideas above in any way to create your own unique personal mission statement. Create the mission statement that best fits you. Once you have it, aim for the target of becoming a better you. The opportunities are unlimited. So are you!