If you are now asking, “Why on earth would I want to spend my precious free time doing something so daunting as writing my own personal mission statement?”
“The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy.” - Angelina Jolie
Angelina is absolutely right. And whether you are a fan of hers or not, you must admit that she is living a full life and one that is specifically tailored to her. How I interpret her quote is: You can’t just expect to have a freakin awesome life randomly. It’s hard to create the life of your dreams when you don’t know what you really want!
To manifest dreams you have to start with the end in mind and a personal mission statement will help support your goals in a wonderful way.
I know that the whole idea of this might sound incredibly serious and permanent. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the best mission statements change and evolve as you do. The things that were important to you five years ago may no longer be pertinent and that’s brilliant! (It means you are progressing and growing!) So just because you are writing it on paper means you are bound to it forever. You’re not.
How to begin: let’s give it another name – make it all yours, so it fits your personality and makes it more meaningful for you. Even the US Government named their “mission statement” something fabulous: “The Declaration of Independence.” You can call it: A manifesto. My Quest. My raison d’entre. My vows to myself. My Amazing Affirmations.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to complete this in a day or even a week. It might take you some time to put together your own mission statement. In fact, I’d be inclined to say that the more time it takes you, the better! Allow your brain lots of time to percolate and germinate the ideas! Start with a rough outline and fill it in over the rest of the month. Make this something you create time for every day and with joy!
Next, write down some questions. I like these ones, but they’re just examples to get your juices flowing: (There are no hard and fast rules with this!)
If I had unlimited time and resources and I knew I could not fail, what would I choose to do? My favorite quotes and sayings are… What I know for sure is…What makes me happy is… What I believe to be true is…I am at my best when… I feel proud of myself when… My natural talents and gifts are… What would people say about me on my 80th birthday? What do I consider to be my biggest future contribution to the most important people in my life? What are my values? What is most important to me? What are some goals I’d like to achieve this year?
Allow your mind to wander around these questions and scrawl down anything that comes to mind. It really helps if you can be open-minded about this and not censor yourself. No one else has to see this, so please feel free to be completely honest!
From here, you can pick key phrases as well as words that seem to keep coming up and weave them together to make a first draft of your personal mission statement. There are no rules: simply put words together and see what appears in front of you.
Want more inspiration? Your mission statement doesn’t have to be straight-forward or plainly-spoken. Erma Bombeck’s mission statement is written in the format of, “If I had my life to live over, I would have…” This site has a bunch of examples to look over. Mildred Walters has written an excellent blog on why a mission statement is more important than a business plan. She also gives step-by-step instructions that could give you some more ideas.
Would you prefer an automatic personal mission statement generator? (!!!) FranklinCovey has a free one you can try! (You have to give them your email address, but that’s no biggie.) It’s a fantastic way to get your thoughts going and investigate the truth of who you are and who you want to be.
I wrote GoddessLife’s Mission Statement when I was attending UCLA Anderson School of Business. It is the core essence of everything I do:
GoddessLife was founded by Dolphina based on her belief that every woman is a Goddess. She is strongly committed to creating fun, innovative products that enrich women's lives and empower them with confidence, joy, and well-being. Through its multidimensional product lines, GoddessLife invites all women—whether they're CEOs, stay-at-home moms, or students—to recognize, nurture, and celebrate her feminine spirit.
I recently wrote “GoddessLife’s Declaration of Fabulousity” which is the core essence of everything that I believe:
Every woman is a Goddess. Pass it on. Turn the ordinary into extraordinary, the faded into fabulous and the dreary into darling. Give compliments – one kind word can change someone’s entire day. You are ONE workout away from feeling like a Goddess. Practice gratitude - When you realize nothing is lacking, the world belongs to you. Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle. Tabletops are for dancing. The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. Get your PhD in pampering. You can make a difference. Take fun seriously. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. Your hips are your weapons. Create yourself – Be a poem to the world. A day without shimmying is a day wasted. To be beautiful means to be yourself. Put down that map and get wonderfully lost. When you don’t feel like a Goddess, I am here to remind you that you are.
Both were fun for me to write and felt important for me to define. I hope that writing your Mission Statement (or whatever you choose to call it) holds the same joy and significance for you as it did for me. Feel free to borrow from mine as you write yours or share mine! After all, YOU are all GoddessLife.