Write a mission statement today!
A personal mission statement is intended to be a guide to living that can be referred to when difficult decisions need to be made. It will help align the intentions and decisions of a couple and also be a guiding beacon for the individual.
My wife and I have had a mission statement for about twenty years. When we’ve been confronted with a difficult decision we’ve only needed to take one look at our mission statement to decide on our course of action as the following story tells:
Many years ago a friend offered to give our three daughters a lift to school. We initially said yes, but later we realised that she did not have seat belts in the back of her car.
We knew it was going to be difficult to tell the friend that we would not allow our girls to travel with her. But, that evening my wife and I looked at our mission statement and there on top was written “We will always put the health and safety of the girls first” It wasn’t easy telling the friend, but it had to be done and we told her in full.
That was unfortunately the end of the friendship, but the girl’s safety came first.
How to write a mission statement
Creating a mission statement is quite simple. All you need to do is to write down a list of beliefs and intentions. Arrange them in order of priority, then sign at the bottom of the list. This will require a lot of interesting negotiations for a couple, but will be of terrific value for future decisions.
Signing the mission statement formalises the document and gives it the power it deserves.
The statement should then be displayed in a private place, where only you will see it, perhaps in your bedroom or bathroom.
The written statement is a dynamic guide and can be changed at any time to suit circumstances, if it’s a joint mission statement then both parties need to agree to the changes.
Here is an example of a mission statement for an individual. Keep in mind that your mission statement can be as long or short as you need it to be, it can even be a simple one liner.
I shall always put my health and safety first.
I will walk for 30 minutes every day.
I will visit family once a month
I will take responsibility for my actions and I will not blame others.
I will stay within my budget.
I shall only drink on weekends and not to excess.
I shall treat others with respect.
Here is an example of a mission statement for a couple.
We will always put the children’s health and safety first.
We will look after each other in every way.
We will visit each others family once a week.
We will walk 30 minutes every day to stay fit.
We will stay within our budget.
We will treat others with respect.
The above are just examples use them only as a guide, write the statement in your own words, add pictures, create the statement in any form you wish.
Write the mission statement THEN SIGN AND DISPLAY IT!