Creating a life mission
We hear a lot about setting goals, establishing values and creating missions. We do this in our organizations, companies, teams and churches. These are valuable assets to any organization that is pursuing success. But have you ever stopped and thought about a life mission for yourself?
I am not speaking of a goal or even a set of values, I am speaking about creating a “mission statement” that identifies the objective for your life. A simple statement that describes what you want to achieve throughout your lifetime. For instance, the church I Pastor has a simple mission statement “Turning un-churched people into fully devoted followers of Christ.” This simple statement allows us to measure our success. It drives everything we do and helps us to stay on track. We continually refer to the statement to evaluate how we are doing and where we need to improve.
A life mission would not be the same as the church mission statement. However, the idea is the same. Creating a statement that describes what you want to do in life and referring to it often for guidance and evaluation. Here are some tips to help you begin developing a mission statement for your life.
1) Limit your values to a select few
Take some time (not an hour or two) but several days to ponder what you really value in life. What are the two or three things that are absolutely most important to you? Some examples would be: Faith, love, authenticity, diligence, career, excellence, encouragement, joy, integrity, wisdom, security, health, freedom, peace, knowledge, leadership and the list goes on and on!
2) Write down your thought about your values
Once you have identified the two or three most important values then begin to exhaust on paper your thoughts about these values. Why are they important to you? How do they play out in your life? What are the rewards if you live by these values? What happens if you don’t hold true to these values?
3) Narrow down your thoughts
If you have identified your values and have exhausted your thoughts on those values, then you must begin to narrow down the words you wrote. Begin to develop a sentence that would identify your values and state your mission. For instance, your value may be encouragement so your mission is to “bring out the best in others.” Your value may be love so your mission is to “model love through words and actions.” It is important to take your value and turn it into a mission for your life. This is what makes it a “mission statement.” (Goal: Try to keep your mission statement 25 words or less)
4) Revisit your statement
After you have written out your life mission statement, then set it down for a month and then revisit it. Repeat this process until you feel completely comfortable with your mission statement. When you feel you have perfectly identified your life mission statement, then write it out and keep it with you always. Refer to it often to see if your behavior, thoughts, words, goals and dreams line up with your life mission statement.
Remember your life mission statement is a guide for your life. It is the statement that lets you know if what your doing is right, if where your headed is correct and if your lifestyle is on track.
Until next time,
Quote for the day
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up someplace else”
Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.
Posted on June 11, 2009, in goal setting, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged Effective Leader, life mission, mission statement, Personal Growth, Planning for success, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.