Creating your Lifes Misson Statement

Do you often feel confused and lost in life, do you struggle to find your purpose or feel that you have no purpose, do you see everyone else succeeding and feel like you are the odd one out? Many of us have been or are going through these life phases, however, it’s what we do to get out of these confusing moments that matters. Below I have attached a mission statement worksheet by Stephen R Covey. Covey is one of my favourite authors, his works speak volumes in self-fulfilment, his books are a guide to leading a successful life, whether that’s in relationships, family life or business. I highly recommend everyone to purchase a copy of Stephen Coveys 7 habits of highly effective people. It helped me and I believe it will help others

MISSION STATEMENT WORKSHEET Adapted from Stephen Covey, First Things First, 1994

MISSION STATEMENT WORKSHOP
By following the suggested six steps, you will begin writing a personal mission statement that will inspire you and will provide direction and guidance for your life. Remember that a personal mission statement is as much discovery as it is creation. Don’t rush it or set rigid timetables for yourself; rather, go slowly through the process, ask yourself the right questions, and think deeply about your values and aspirations.

PROCESS ONE: THE CREATION OF A PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
A meaningful personal mission statement contains three basic elements:
1. What you want to BE?
a. What character strengths you want to have?
b. What qualities you want to develop?
2. What you want to DO?
a. What you want to accomplish?
b. What contributions you want to make?
3. What you want to HAVE? What possessions, money, and so forth you wish to have? For many of us, the third list might be the longest. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that legitimate power and the highest levels of human happiness and fulfillment originate from the be’s.

Step One: Identify an Influential Person
An effective way to focus on what you want to be and do is to identify a highly influential individual in your life and to think about how this individual has contributed to your life. This person may be a parent, work associate, friend, family member, or neighbor. Answer the following questions, keeping in mind your personal goals of what you want to be and do.

Who has been one of the most influential people in my life?
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Which qualities do I most admire in that person?
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What qualities have I gained (or desire to gain) from that person?
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Step Two: Define What You Want to BE, DO, and HAVE?
What I’d like to BE?
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What I’d like to DO?
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What I’d like to HAVE?
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Step Three: Define Your Life Roles
You live your life in terms of roles – not in the sense of role-playing but in the sense of authentic parts you have chosen to fill. You may have roles in work, in the family, in the community, and in other areas of life. These roles become a natural framework to give order to what you want to do and be.
You may define your family role as simply “family member.” Or, you may choose to divide it into roles, such as “wife” and “mother” or “husband” and “father.” Some areas of your life, such as your profession, may involve several roles. For example, you may have one role in administration, one in marketing, one in personnel, and one in long-range planning.
Here are a few sample roles:
• Wife/Mother, Manager – New Products, Manager – Research,
Manager – Staff Development, United Way Chairperson, Friend
• Husband/Father, Salesman – Prospects,
Salesman – Financing/Administration, March of Dimes Regional Director, Friend

Roles Statements

Define up to eight life roles and then write these roles in the boxes provided. Next, project yourself forward in time and write a brief statement of how you would most like to be described in that particular role.
By identifying your life roles, you will gain perspective and balance. By writing these descriptive statements, you will begin to imagine your highest potentialities. You will also identify the core principles and values you desire to live by.

Step Four: Write a Draft of Your Personal Mission Statement
Now that you have identified your life roles and defined what you want to be and do, you are prepared to begin working on your personal mission statement.
In the following space, create a rough draft of your mission statement. Draw heavily upon the thinking you’ve done in the previous three steps. Carry this draft with you and make notes, additions, and deletions before you attempt another draft.
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Step Five: Evaluate
It is important that you do not let your personal mission statement become outdated. Periodic review and evaluation can help you keep in touch with your own development and keep your mission statement in harmony with your deepest self. Continually ask yourself these questions:

Is my mission based on timeless, proven principles? Which ones?
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Do I feel the mission statement represents the best that is within me?
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During my best moments, do I feel good about what this mission represents?
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Do I feel, direction, purpose, challenge, and motivation when I review this statement?
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Am I aware of the strategies and skills that will help me live the values and accomplish the goals I have written?
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What do I need to start doing now to be where I want to be tomorrow?
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Step Six: Write a Permanent Draft
We recommend that for a while you keep a rough draft of your mission statement to revise and evaluate. Be sure it inspires the best within you.
When you do have a permanent copy, review it frequently. We strongly recommend you commit your personal mission statement to memory so that you keep your vision and values clearly in mind.

Material from (15 July 2011): http://cloudwalk.org

How We Started A Successful Online Store Selling Wedding Linens by Steve Chou

The year was 2007 and my wife and I were victims of a dreaded condition known as complacency. If you’ve never heard of this terrible condition before, it’s a disease that leads to spending 10 hours a day at a job that you don’t particularly like.

It’s an illness that stops you from pursuing your personal goals and aspirations because you can never find the time.

It’s a debilitating condition that causes you to trudge through each day doing the daily grind as life quickly passes you by.

Back then, my wife and I used to get up early in the morning, go to work, eat dinner, sleep and then wake up again the next day to repeat the cycle.

Days quickly faded into weeks, weeks dissolved into months and months soon became years of the same routine.

Even though we both made a pretty good salary from our day jobs, we were coasting our way through life like lifeless zombies. After all, we weren’t challenging ourselves. We weren’t trying new things and we stayed within our comfort zone when making important decisions. We had no sense of purpose and we were unmotivated and stagnant.

It sounds harsh, but my wife and I were lazy pieces of !@#$. Even though we had a lot of free time, we always ended up wasting it on empty activities. For example, our day consisted of working from 9-6:30pm, eating dinner and then watching television until it was time to go to bed.

Days and weeks went by quickly and we didn’t have anything to show for it. Even when I try really hard, I am unable to recall any specific memories during that period of my life. The only thing I remember is that I watched a hell of a lot of television and that my wife was terribly unhappy with her day job.

In fact, the only memory that stands out in my mind was how much she dreaded having to go to work each and every day. Every morning she would kiss me goodbye and then say

Okay, Honey. I’m off to the hell hole I call my job!

It was particularly painful for me because I had to watch her drag herself out of bed and witness her suffer every morning.

Even though she changed companies several times during her career, she never felt fulfilled working at any of her jobs. What’s ironic is that my wife and I had always wanted to start a business and be our own boss but we never got around to it. We talked about opening an online store many times but never took any action until it happened….

My wife became pregnant! I still don’t fully comprehend how peeing on a stick could stir up so many emotions, but my wife and I became excited and terrified at the same time. For one thing, I got a sudden injection of motivation and enthusiasm.

All of a sudden I felt like I needed to get off my ass and become a better person. I felt like I needed to be more responsible and to take charge of my life. I felt like I needed to get my act together and provide for my family.

As millions of thoughts swirled through my head, my primary concern became financial security. We needed a bigger house. We needed to live in a better school district. We needed to start a college education fund. We needed an emergency fund so large that we could survive even if I lost my job or got laid off.

As for my wife, she wanted to quit her job so she could take care of our child full time. She didn’t want to miss a single minute of our baby’s childhood. The only problem was that with the additional expense of having a child, she didn’t want to place a major crimp on our lifestyle or our finances. As a result, we needed to find another way to make money and replace her six figure salary. Hence our online store, Bumblebee Linens, was born.

Even though things started out slowly, our online store managed to replace my wife’s salary of $100K within one year.

Having our own business allowed her to stay at home and take care of our child while running our online store at the same time.

The best part was that my wife didn’t have to put in nearly as many hours as her day job to make significantly more money and she was much happier too.
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