Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mission Statement Tips

As promised, I have jotted down a few more tips for crafting your personal mission statement. Still having trouble narrowing down your purpose? Here are a few ideas:

  • Ask a close friend or family member what they think your most passionate contributions to the world have been. Sometimes hearing a trusted second opinion can help you begin brainstorming.
  • Also, ask your parents/grandparents/old babysitter/older sibling what you wanted to do to change the world as a child. Maybe you no longer want to be a mold fighting superhero or a wild animal veterinarian, but your underlying interest in promoting cleanliness or saving the wounded wolves could point you in the right direction.
  • Make a list of the things that annoy you the most about the world as it stands. Too much poverty? Tired of seeing garbage on the street? Sick of the endless complaints you hear about taxes? Alright - now how do you want to change it?
  • If you feel fulfilled and empowered by your current career, hobbies or activities think about the greater purpose you serve - no matter your capacity. For example, if you currently work at the airport handling bags and to you it's the best gig imaginable then build your mission statement around it. Something like "To make travel less stressful, safer, and faster every day" might do the trick.
I hope you've enjoyed thinking a bit about your personal mission statement. A mission statement is one tool of many that can help you to focus your energies towards what really matters to you. 

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