Do you struggle knowing what to do with your life?
I did for YEARS and it was awful. For the longest time I just assumed my life was just planned out and things would unfold just how they seem to do for everybody else. I realized pretty late in the game that this is a terrible mindset. Things aren’t just going to come my way. It was a tough mind shift but a necessary one.
But the real problem started after I changed my way of thinking. Ok, so I know that I just can’t wait for life to happen to me, but what am I supposed to do now? I had no idea.
I started doing research and trying to find other people who had struggled in the same way. And that’s when I ran across the concept of having a personal mission statement. Businesses and companies have mission statements, but I had never heard of a person having one. If you think about it though, it kind of makes sense. Just like every business has a specific purpose in this world, so do you and I. We each have something we were meant to do and a mission statement just helps define what that looks like.
So I started trying to develop my personal mission statement. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be. I discovered that it’s also important and useful to have core values, a purpose statement, and a vision statement ALONG with the mission statement. “But what’s the difference?” you say. Good question. And here’s how I’ve come to understand them.
You’ll want to come up with 3 – 10 core values (it doesn’t really matter how many you have as long as they really fit you well). These core values are characteristics and qualities that you value as a human being. This is how you want others to see you. This is what you want to be known for. Is honesty important? What about adventure? How about strength or peace? This is up to you to pick what you want. Write these down in a list under the heading “My Core Values”.
My core values are:
Truth, discipline, patience, pleasure, and curiosity.
Take these core values and turn them into a purpose statement. A purpose statement is a paragraph to three paragraphs on why you exist. What is your purpose? Why are you here on this planet at this time? Do you have a special calling? Describe in detail as best you can why you think you exist and what your personal purpose is for being alive. Start it off with “I, [your name], exist right now to…”
My purpose statement is:
I, Chad Doeden, exist right now to glorify and serve God, my Creator, by being the best version of myself and by reaching my highest potential. This is extremely important because first, I need to honor, respect, and take care of the BODY, MIND, and SOUL I was gifted, second, because as I get closer to my best, I hope people will see the beauty, power, and glory of God through me, and third, because when I have helped myself, I am stronger and more equipped to help and serve others as we as Christians are called to do.
This is why I am alive today!
Now it’s time to write your mission statement. A mission statement is a brief description or plan of action in maybe a sentence (no more than 2) of your purpose. It tells you how you’re going to apply your purpose to the world or to people. Start it off with “My mission is…” and make sure you put catchy action words in it to pump yourself up when you say it every day!
My mission statement is:
My mission is to be a catalyst that starts a chain reaction of greatness in people’s lives!
You write your vision statement. This is sort of like your mission statement except it’s looking towards the future. Your mission statement is about what you’re going to do right now and your vision statement is about where you’re going. You can have multiple vision statements. Pick different lengths of time for each one. Maybe, 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years. Start it off with “In __ years, my vision is…” This is where you get to dream and track out your mission statement towards the future. Be adventurous and allow yourself to dream big. This also doesn’t have to be short. Describe as much as you want. I filled up an entire page and a half with my life vision statement.
Items from my vision statement include:
How much money I want to have. What kind of impact or legacy I want to leave on the world. What kind of relationships I’m in and the quality of them. How my spiritual life is. How my physical and mental life are. Where I’m living. What I’m doing for a living. Etc…
I will say that some people I’ve helped with this actually needed to work the process backwards by starting with their vision statement. It doesn’t really matter, just find what method works best for you.
I hope this helps. Let me know what your mission statement is in the comments! I’d love to see what you’re going to do! Don’t forget to join my weekly email newsletter for more life inspiration!