Today’s motivation comes from the book The Sustainable Edge. In the book, you are asked to write a personal mission statement. This is your life’s vision and personal values on paper. It is designed for you to mentally envision what is truly important to you in life. With it, you can increase your awareness and gain mental clarity. This is not specifically for business but for you as a person. If you want to know Why you Need A Business Mission Statement see this article. This is important to make a distinction that you are not only your business but a good person first. Here is my personal mission statement:
My mission is to be a loving husband, keep a happy home, healthy body, & nourished soul. Listen more than I talk, dance more than I sit, laugh more than I frown, & love all beings big & small.
I value family, friends, relationships, kindness, compassion, generosity, & love. I urge myself to be spiritually & mentally enlightened & to never lose my spark of learning. To take risks & the path less traveled. It may be harder & longer but I have no fear. Curiosity is my command & love is my guide. May kindness light my way, confidence be my ride, & abundance follow me where ever I go.
I live life to be the most pure, true version of myself I know how. May I shine bright for others to see.
This statement took me years one might say to develop but only minutes to write. A personal mission statement should outline your personal motivation for accomplishing your goals. It lists values and describes why you do what you do and it acts as a great tool to use later to ask yourself if what you are currently doing matches with your personal mission statement.
Breaking down the mission statement I identify what is important to me.
Beginning with the first sentence:
“My mission is to be a loving husband, keep a happy home, healthy body, & nourished soul.”
This identifies my family, my wife, happiness, health, and a fulfilling life by all-around soul-seeking and updating.
The second sentence:
“Listen more than I talk, dance more than I sit, laugh more than I frown, & love all beings big & small.”
Describes how I can achieve this in a somewhat quirky way that is a bit poetic. By listening, being active, having a spunky spirit about me, taking the time to enjoy life, and remembering to be kind and love all I can be assured to live up to my personal mission statement.
The third sentence:
“I value family, friends, relationships, kindness, compassion, generosity, & love.”
Lists my values in a more obvious way. This reiterates the importance of the first sentence.By making my values clear I am positioning myself to the universe that these values represent my true self. I should ask myself, especially when times are tough if what I am doing truly matches these values.
The fourth sentence:
“I urge myself to be spiritually & mentally enlightened & to never lose my spark of learning.”
Represents a personal plea on how to stay true to me. My quest in life revolves around my capacity to learn and to remain curious in that quest. Enlightenment is not a destination. It is a journey.
The fifth & sixth sentence:
“To take risks & the path less traveled. It may be harder & longer but I have no fear.”
A powerful mission statement that you can take into the battles of your life. This is one that Sir William Wallace would cry in front of his army. Be a warrior and express your true self here.
The seventh & eighth sentence:
“Curiosity is my command & love is my guide. May kindness light my way, confidence be my ride, & abundance follow me where ever I go.”
Setting the sails on the journey of life I continue in poetic form how I can light my way to be my true self. By carrying these actions with me I can be assured peace of my life until the end. By acknowledging that I wish to have a little luck as well on my journey I am admitting that there is a higher spirit that will help guide me on this path as well.
The ninth & tenth sentence:
“I live life to be the most pure, true version of myself I know how. May I shine bright for others to see.”
The final sentences are a summary of what my personal mission statement represents. My desire is to be true to myself and to inspire others while being positive in my life.
In ten sentences I craft a personal mission statement. To list my values, how to achieve my goals in life, what is important to me, how I can gain peace in my life, and what motivates me all in ten sentences.
Now go ahead and write a personal mission statement of your own and share it below! Comment, and see how you can inspire others.
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