Developing Your Personal Mission and Vision Statement

126279_outside_dia 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.

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7 thoughts on “Developing Your Personal Mission and Vision Statement

  1. I have one. It is a difficult practice to put it in writing and many revisions have been made to mine. It does help when facing some decisions to reflect back on my personal mission statement. I can then consider which option best supports my mission statement. In most cases, there is a clear winner. I have my personal mission statement and my goals all posted in the same place. Good luck.

  2. Tina,

    Here is mine. I’m big into “The Secret” and other similar books/DVDs, so that’s why I mentioned the law of attraction. I created this a little over a year ago after reading a book that suggested writing one. I keep it on my dresser. While I don’t look at it every day and I don’t always live up to it, I’ve find that it definitely helps guide my life.

    “My personal philosophy

    Achieve heaven on Earth by completely loving myself and all others, always being positive, dreaming big, mastering the law of attraction, living in the present, following my bliss, following my intuition, meditating daily, maintaining excellence in health and fitness, surrounding myself with great people who are very supportive of both who I am and what I want to become, always competing in all aspects of my life, and expecting and getting the absolute best of everything.”

    • Greg, nice to hear from you and thank you for sharing. I want to let you know that I bought your book and started reading it today at lunch. I think the story line is great and cannot wait to get back to reading it this evening. Wonderful job and how exciting for you! and for us to get your insight and knowledge on management

  3. Tina,

    Thanks so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it.

    I’m glad you have enjoyed what you have read so far. If you get a chance, I’d love to hear what you think when you are finished with it.

    Have a great weekend,

    • Greg

      I am half way done and I really like the clean and direct story line. So far Leon and I think very much alike. I will let you know when I am done. This would make great training material

      Enjoy your evening


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