By: Aureila Spaulding
It starts with a subject. It includes a verb. It becomes complete by adding a direct or indirect object.
The easiest part about writing your personal mission statement is choosing to begin with “I”. The personal mission statement is yours. It is your declaration acknowledging the point of your existence and the action that will lead to your life’s vision. You can take the common approach to explain, “My mission is (insert action),” but consider the power you may ignite within yourself by proclaiming your mission using words similar to those below.
How do you discover your personal mission?
Countless books will tell you to reflect on what you enjoy doing and what you are called to do. You may have heard people ask the question, “What would you do for free? What do you do all the time without people asking?” Some say that answering those questions help you discover your personal mission. While I see the accuracy in that approach, I challenge you to consider the following question. Is there some area of my life in which my contribution is so meaningful to others, and significant to me, that I do not want to imagine life without being involved in that area? Take a minute….
Ok, what is it? What is that action?
Is it creating things, raising awareness, singing, planning, speaking, counseling, teaching, or nursing? Whatever it is, that is your verb. That is your all-powerful verb, but you need an object to make it complete. I also believe you need clarification. What will this verb do for the object? So, what do you create, sing, plan, or teach? Who do you counsel or nurse? What do you advocate for? Last, for clarification, what will creating, singing, planning, teaching, nursing, counseling, speaking, or planning do for others or yourself? What is the impact you hope to make by taking that action?
What is your mission in life?
It took me days to answer the extensive line of questions stated above, and I have since made a few revisions. However, the outcome has caused me such peace, because knowing my mission allows me to live life with a purpose. It helps me make meaningful decisions and pursue efforts that allow me to work for hours and end the evening with peace instead of stress.
Take a moment (or as long as you want) to answer some of the questions I posed in How do you discover your personal mission? Then, without over thinking, jot down some of your initial thoughts.
I hesitate to provide examples below, but I will for those who need to see how the personal mission I describe looks on paper. Just promise me you will not mold your mission statement into the below statements that I just pulled from the air to use as examples.
Example 1: I teach college students English to help them adequately describe their thoughts in writing in order to pursue successful careers.
Example 2: I advocate for adults with disabilities to have equal access to quality education.
Example 3: I parent two wonderful children and do my best to prepare them to be responsible adults.
What if you still do not know you mission?
The importance of knowing your vision
The truth is, no matter how well you connect with this blog post, you still may not know your personal mission. That makes writing a personal mission statement difficult. So, I challenge you to do one more thing. Take a moment to think about where you see your future. Try not to focus on your career. Focus on what joy and fulfillment looks like years from now. Other than people, what active parts of your life do you believe will still remain through the years? When you can identify your vision for your life, then it may help you to understand how living your mission can get you to the vision. A mission and vision work together.
If you know your personal mission statement, I would love to hear it. Feel free to add it to the comments and share this with others.