Most corporations and businesses have a mission statement that they post in their lobby so those who enter can see the purpose and goals of the business. It also serves as reminder to the employees who work there to what their purpose is individually to keep to this statement alive. A mission statement identifies what the purpose of the business is, take Google for example; “Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” I think this states what they do very well and I think everyone would agree that they are on target with their mission. If businesses have mission and vision statements to define their purpose, shouldn’t we ourselves have a mission and vision statement too?
I have never really thought of having a personal mission statement for me, but in a way I do have one by the way I live and what I do. I have just never put it down on paper, or written out what my personal vision is. At first when I was pondering the thought of creating a personal mission and vision statement I didn’t think it would be too hard, but when I tried actually putting it down on paper I began to struggle with what exactly to write. A mission statement should include things like; what you do best, personal goals, what does success mean to you, it is not that easy to put my thoughts about these questions into just a few words. A vision statement is to identify the humanistic side of your mission statement, giving your mission statement life and passion. I think this is going to take a lot longer and a lot more thought to complete, but I am excited as it will help me really define my purpose. There is something about writing it down that makes it more real and concrete….give it a try. I’d like to hear from if you already have done this for yourself and what challenges you may have had and has it made a difference in your life by having done it. Personal thinking challenges are good for your soul.