What’s your mission? What’s the reason you get out of bed in the morning?
If you’re anything like I used to be, you don’t have a clue. You live life on autopilot: get up, get to work, do whatever the boss asks you to do, get home, do the chores, and crash on the sofa to binge on Netflix and chocolate chip cookies.
This happens when you don’t have a clear vision for your life. If you don’t know what your goals are, you’ll let other people determine what you do and the kind of life you have.
How do you take back control and live life on purpose – YOUR purpose?
You need a personal mission statement:
What Is A Personal Mission Statement?
Businesses use mission statements all the time for purpose and direction.
Think of it like a compass. Every time a business wants to create a new product or is dealing with a difficult customer, they refer to their mission statement to figure out if that action is aligned with what they stand for and what they want to achieve.
A personal mission statement does the same thing for your life. It’s the foundation everything else is built on.
Why You Should You Create Your Personal Mission Statement?
If you’re not clear on what your vision for your life is and what you want to accomplish, you’ll live the life other people have chosen for you. Don’t let that happen to you!
Like a company statement, a personal mission statement helps you get clear on your goals, define a clear plan, and take aligned action to get there.
A personal mission statement makes sure you live life on your own terms and do things that are meaningful to you.
How To Create A Personal Mission Statement
Step 1: Define Your Values
The first step in creating a personal mission statement is to define your core values.
What’s important to you? What do you stand for?
Values are things like security, freedom, compassion, generosity, adventure, fun, wealth, personal growth, kindness, etc… This list contains more than 200 values to help you find yours.
Narrow down your list until you only have 5. These are the most important values for you, the ones that drive your decisions.
Step 2: Find Your Life Purpose
Your life purpose is the mission you came on this planet to accomplish. The legacy you want to leave behind.
Your values are one of the three key pieces that make up your life purpose. The other two are passion and skills. Ask yourself:
- What am I passionate about?
- What brings me joy?
- What do I want to be remembered by?
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Step 3: Write Down Your Mission Statement
Now you have all the pieces of the puzzle, it’s time to put them together. Write down one sentence that captures:
- Your mission: What do you want to accomplish in this life?
- Your people: Who are you doing it for?
- Your strengths: How will you improve their lives?
Don’t overthink it. Your mission statement will evolve as you grow and evolve. Just jot down what feels right to you right now and adjust it as you go along.
Personal Mission Statements Examples
Here are a few examples of personal mission statements to get your juices flowing:
“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” — Oprah Winfrey
“To have fun in[my] journey through life and learn from[my] mistakes.” — Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group
“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.” — Amanda Steinberg, founder of DailyWorth
“To inspire women to live their purpose and achieve their full potential” —Giorgia Guazzarotti (that’s me!).
How To Live Your Purpose Every Day
Now that you have your mission statement and you know what you want to achieve in this life, let’s make a plan to get there.
Break down your mission in smaller, easy-to-achieve goals. My mission statement is “To inspire women to live their purpose and achieve their full potential”.
I have a background in psychology, business, and writing. So, I decided to use these gifts and become a life purpose and business coach to help women start their purpose-driven businesses.
Once you have a more tangible goal, break it down into smaller steps. For me, that was taking a coaching course, create a coaching programme, set up a website, etc.
You get the point. Think about the resources you have now. Your skills. Your passions. Your life experiences. How can you use all that to achieve your mission statement?
Make a plan and follow through. Every morning, when you wake up, ask yourself: “What’s my purpose today? What’s that one thing I need to do to accomplish it?”
At the end of every day, “Did my actions aligned with my purpose today?”
These questions will keep you on track and make sure you spend your days doing what you want to do, not what other people think you should do.
What would happen if you lived every day with this much clarity?
Time to find out…