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He Wants You to Know Your Mission

Writing a Personal Mission Statement

A personal mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area of your life over the next one to three years. It is a way to focus your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions towards the things that are most important to you.

Personal Mission Statement Guidelines

While there is no unique format or formula for creating your personal mission statement, the following guidelines may be helpful:

·         Keep it simple, clear and brief. The best mission statements tend to be 3 to 5 sentences long.

·         Your mission statement should touch upon what you want to focus on and who you want to become as a person (character) in this part of your life. Think about specific actions, behaviors, habits and qualities that would have a significant positive impact in this part of your life over the next one to three years.

·         Make sure your mission statement is positive. Instead of saying what you don’t want to do or don’t want to be, say what you do want to do or become. Find the positive alternatives to any negative statements.

·         Include positive behaviors, character traits and values that you consider particularly important and want to develop further.

·         Think about how your actions, habits, behavior and character traits in this area affect the important relationships in your life.

·         Create a mission statement that will guide you in your day-to-day actions and decisions. Make it a part of your everyday life.

·         Think about how your mission affects the other areas of your life. Is it consistent with your other personal mission statements? Will it conflict with or contradict something else? Is it balanced?

·         Make it emotional. Including an emotional payoff in your mission statement infuses it with passion and will make it even more compelling, inspiring and energizing.

Remember that your mission statement is not cast in stone. It will continue to change and evolve as you gain insights about yourself and what you want out of each part of your life.

Sample Statements

I live my life as a solution to humanity – traversing all nations and races: giving hope and future to the hopeless, the poor and the oppressed in and through Christ."

"My purpose throughout each day of my life is to express my commitment to love and cherish my family and friends, improve myself personally and professionally so that I can advance within my career, lead a successful career that I will enjoy, and take on any challenges that come my way."

"I dedicate myself to an attitude of gratitude in order to improve my health and my wealth. With this attitude, I will generously share my time and my talents with my family, my church and my community."

“To live each day with God to the fullest and  make a happy memory for someone.”

“My purpose each day for the rest of my lie is to grow spiritually and serve as a vessel of God’s will. I will strive to make a positive difference in every person I interact with and always continue to improve my body, mind, emotions and spirit with truth and love. I remain teachable and grateful."

Before writing your own statement you might want to consider what your values are.

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2.       Life has taught me that

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3.       God has taught me

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4.       My own weaknesses have taught me

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Now Write Your Personal Mission Statement:

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