That is my mission statement. I look at it everyday and make sure that everything I do helps my mission.
In college I took a class that was geared towards helping students become great leaders. We all had to read Sun Tsu’s The Art of War, participate in mock interviews, cultivate elevator speeches, and more. During the course my professor also spoke about personal mission statements. However, the lesson was very brief so I did my own research on the topic. The process was difficult coming up with the verbiage. I didn’t know where to start. As years went by I forgot all about my statement and continued life without one. I still had goals but not really a mission. So at times I lost my way. I was unmotivated and thought my goals were too far fetched. But just last year the topic was brought up again, when I ran across positive YouTube videos about it. I have even read it in a career help book. Needless to say I became intrigued all over again and inspired to do more for myself.
A personal mission statement is your promise to yourself that you will complete a specific goal. It’s what you stand for. It’s what you want to be remembered by long after your time has passed. My mission statement has helped me succeed at my job. I went to work everyday with the goal to do better than what was expected of me. I stayed organized, I kept a level head, and I tried my best to encourage and teach others.
In less than a year I was awarded Rookie of the year, during the first 6 months at my new job. I received a promotion, led and carried out a huge project that saved the company millions of dollars, instructed a course for my entire IT department, and managed multiple projects. Loving my career has a lot to do with it but I believe that loving myself is what set me apart. I loved myself enough to set obtainable goals for myself.
My version of a mission statement is one that showcases my skills, how I want to help the world with my skills, and who I want to help in particular. If you keep this in mind you too can come up with an amazing mission statement and avoid loosing your way like I did so many times before. Do you have a personal mission statement? If so how has it helped you? Let me know in the comments below.
If you haven’t already, read my previous post about creating your own vision board.
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