Personal and Family Mission Statement Should Be Inspirational

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mission statementHaving a purpose in life, a mission, something bigger than yourself and your personal needs is valuable in several ways. In Ohio there is a Leadership Development Institute who defines the value of writing a mission statement this way:

  1. It forces you to think deeply about your life, clarify the purpose of your life, and identify what is really important to you.
  2. It forces you to clarify and express succinctly your deepest values and aspirations.
  3. It imprints your values and purposes firmly in your mind so they become a part of you rather than something you only think about occasionally.
  4. Integrating your personal mission statement into your weekly planning, gives you a way to keep your vision constantly before you.

Can you see how a mission statement is different than just having some goals for the year? In fact your goals could and should support your life mission, whereas just having goals not tied to a mission, would make it very easy to just throw them away without any deep thought.

Most of all a mission statement should inspire you! Have you created one for yourself or how about a family mission statement? I believe that a mission statement is the beginning of keeping a family operating as a unit, on the same page, one that has a purpose – beyond the narcissistic ways we see so many operating today. Share your statement with us on Facebook.  Like Balanced Life Skills while you are there.  

Want some help?  This is a great resource – http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Leadership/mission.htm