“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Above is Oprah Winfrey’s personal mission statement. Most corporations and businesses have a mission statement posted in their lobby so those who enter can see the purpose and goals of the business. This statement also serves as reminder to all who work there to what their individual goals are to keep to the business’s purpose 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 their statement says what they do very well. I also think everyone would agree that they are on target with their mission.
It is an excellent idea to create your own personal mission statement. Many years ago I thought about this and did have some difficulty putting my own mission statement down into actual words.
“To enjoy life each day looking for the lessons to be learned and to make my interactions with others enjoyable for them.” ~Tina Totaro Del Buono
A mission statement should include things like; what you do best, personal goals, what success means to you, etc. It is not easy to put your thoughts into just a few words.
Once you do find the right words you will know it. It feels right. Give it a try, it may take a while to complete, but it will be worth it.