The story of my personal mission statement started years ago. My mother gave me “7 habits” when I was going through difficult teenager times but I never read it. A good friend of mine is a soccer coach, and always knows what to say. He has read and re-read 7 Habits countless times and can quote directly from it. It’s made a huge impact on his life. I’ve picked it up, read a couple chapters, put it down again, forgotten about it, picked it up again, reread what I’d already read countless times. It’s a great book! Full of thought-provoking, life-altering insight and advice. If you don’t have it already, please please please go out and get it. It’s definitely worth it!
That being said, Habit 2 in the book of 7 Habits is keeping the end in mind. The idea behind keeping the end in mind is to think about your funeral (later they changed it to your 80th bday — I think the funeral portion was too morbid, but I like it better) and think about what you want your friends and family to say about you. What do you want to leave them with? Do you want to be a good friend? Mentor? Mother? Businessman? What matters to you, in the end? Does that group paper that’s due this week really matter? (Speaking of…I need to go work on that :p) Really take the time to envision what you’d like to be remembered for.
There are several ways to go about creating your missions statement.One way is to list out your roles in life:
- Community member
Then next to these roles, write out what kind of a “mother” you want to be. What you believe your role as a wife is. This will help you identify your goals and values.
Or break it into areas of your life:
And identify what you want to give and get out of each aspect of your life.
A third way to go about it is to list out the top 10 values that are important to you. For me the list looks like this (in no particular order):
- Hard work
Or do all three. This is a living document that should constantly be revisited and changed, added to, and can take on any form you’d like it. I’ll be honest, mine is a list of roles, values, phrases that embody the woman I want to be. It has quotes from famous women, things I can do on a daily basis to be the woman I envision. I visit it daily…just as a reminder of who I want to be, what I want to bring to this world and the people around me, and to not let myself fall into the habit of pity, laziness, sadness.
Here are a couple quotes I have on my own mission statement to get you started:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe I miracles.”
“A woman is vibrant, loving, caring, in her home she is the battery, the source of strength for her family. She glows outwardly and inwardly.”
Have you written a mission statement? What do you have on it? Is your electronic, paper, a collage?
- What is your personal mission statement? (mtolleyhall.com)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey (jobcafeinc.wordpress.com)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (acordocoletivo.org)