Mission statements aren’t only for businesses. Creating a mission statement for yourself is an excellent way to hone your focus, increase your efficiency, and make decisions more easily. Basically, it helps you make sense of the craziness that is your life.
We started our mission statement development process earlier this year when we fleshed out our governing life principles. Over time, a theme came to the surface pretty naturally. If you want to know what our mission statement is, check out the video below. I’m not happy yet with the wording, but the concept is there.
While this whole thing may seem like a great idea, I know it’s pretty daunting to figure out where to start. Donald Miller has created an excellent exercise that helps people discover their life theme (essentially a mission statement), and we highly recommend the process, as well as his Storyline Conference.
In addition to the Storyline workbook, Donald also created something more guided – Creating Your Life Plan, which includes videos of him going through the process to give you a better understanding of how it works. The whole thing is around 2 hours, but in a nutshell it includes:
- Identifying the positive and negative events that changed the direction of your life, and understanding their importance in shaping who you are and what you have to offer the world.
- Clarifying the roles you play, and analyzing the health of your relationships in order to make any necessary changes to make you more effective.
- Defining a vision for your life to act as a compass, and setting specific, measurable goals to move forward in that vision.
This might sound a little more complicated than just how to create a mission statement for yourself, but if you’re starting from scratch, or need to pull a bunch of bits and pieces together into something coherent, this is for you. It’s the next best thing to hiring a personal life coach 🙂