We’re all familiar with corporate mission statements, but have you ever considered writing a personal mission statement for your life? It’s powerful stuff.
A personal statement captures your essence. It expresses your uniqueness as an individual. The act of discovering (and choosing) your life’s mission, is an amazing journey of self-discovery. You will clear away the cobwebs and get to the core of who you are as a person. Crafting a personal statement to reflect that mission gives you clear direction and focus.
It’s a reliable compass in times of stress, doubt and fear. Remembering your mission will help you make better decisions and stay the course during life’s difficult moments. It can also be a powerful reset button in business, reconnecting you with your purpose and reminding you why you are an entrepreneur.
You may have enjoyed:
- Interacting with people on a personal level.
- Sharing your unique gifts and talents.
- Creatively solving problems and providing solutions.
- Encouraging others to achieve their fullest potential.
- Creating amazing art that inspires.
Remembering your entrepreneurial roots provides renewed clarity and direction.
If you don’t have a personal statement, or you haven’t looked at your’s in a while, taking the time to craft a few sentences defining who you are and what you intend to do may be the best thing you can do for yourself today!
Whether it takes you 30 minutes or 30 days, this journey of self-discovery is priceless.
Step 1: List your Values and Passions
Can you name your top 5 values off the top of your head? The things you stand for and that hold the most truth and meaning for you? Our values can change over time, if you aren’t sure where you stand now, you may want to check out this (amazing!) free and comprehensive Values Assessment.
Now, what are you passionate about? What makes you excited?! Put it in writing! If you can’t, please, take the time to reflect and remember who you are and what gives you meaning. You owe it to yourself to find out. Go outside, take a walk and think about the last time you were really excited about something – what was it?!
Step 2: List Your Gifts and Strengths
Another big question: What are you are meant to do with your life? What do you believe at your core? If you aren’t sure, ask to be shown. Pray about it. Create room in your heart and see what comes in. Ask those closest to you. Take this Personality Assessment to gain more insight:
Now your strengths – what are you good at? Don’t be shy! If you need a few reminders, here is a StrengthsFinder assessment to help you discover your best assets:
Step 3: Write Your Mission Statement
Now, consider your reflections and revelations. What have you discovered about yourself?
Once you have a clear picture of your unique characteristics, craft a personal statement that describes who you truly are and expresses your special purpose. It can be as long or short as you want it to be. Post it somewhere you will see it daily. Revise it as you grow. Share it as you choose.
As an example, here is my personal mission statement…
I strive to live life to my deepest and fullest potential and to use my unique gifts to encourage and inspire others to do the same. Combining my strengths and experience with my intuition and creativity, I seek to help intentional entrepreneurs find answers to the challenges they face. Through masterminding, speaking and teaching I will mentor others along the way. I believe by working together, we can make a huge impact on the world by sharing our unique gifts in creative ways.
Taking the time to create a personal statement in alignment with who you are at your core will reap huge rewards. It will provide inspiration and energy, and can be the push you need to continue your entrepreneurial journey when the going, inevitably, gets rough.
* The three assessments featured here are some of the best I have used, and I’ve used a lot of them with students and clients over the years! They are thorough and comprehensive, but also very accurate if you take the time to answer the questions honestly, based on where you are now, not where you want to be.