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

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