As we head into the last month of 2011, I want to offer a few tools to help you start 2012 by creating your personal / family mission statement. Just as companies need a mission statement, we personally do as well. When you have a mission, you're more likely to make decisions and act in ways that are aligned with your beliefs.
To help with this, Ive included an excerpt about creating your own mission from my book Clarity: Focusing on What Matters. At the end of the excerpt is a tool that will help you develop your mission statement. You can also sign up for weekly tips that will help you stay the course after you create your mission.
A mission in action
My mom was a perfect example of a mission in action. She had a clear vision for her children's lives. She knew how she wanted us to turn out and the role she needed to play in order to get us there. As a result, her goals were so much a part of who she was, that there was no need to stress over them. She simply acted upon what she believed and what she preached. One of those goals was to train us to be responsible adults.
I learned that one while cleaning the toilet.
My mom once overheard a woman trash-talk a teenager that the woman had hired to clean her office. The girl was clueless about how to clean. So my mom called me into the bathroom to ensure I knew how to scrub a toilet â€œthe right way. As I complained, she silenced me by saying it was her job as my mother to train me so when I left the house no one would ever call me clueless behind my back.
You can bet I know how to clean toilets thoroughly now, and my mother drilled into me countless other life skills. Most of all, I learned to live a life of integrity by watching Mom.
What's your mission?
As you think about crafting your own mission, consider this: What do you want to be known for today and remembered for in the future? For what unique purpose are you here on earth, at this time in history, with your unique personality, talent and gifts in the roles are you playing? Do you wake up in the morning and know what your primary roles require of you and how you intend to make a difference in the lives of others?
What about the vision for the next generation? Do your kids know your family's mission statement and why you as a family exist?
So what are you waiting for?
Could you invest one hour a week this year to get clear about who you are and what your vision is?
Living your mission out loud
Integrity is when your words, thoughts, and actions are aligned. As you go about your day, consider: Are your actions sometimes not quite aligned with your mission? Get back to your mission, your purpose, and focus on the important stuff. Today.
Your Coach For Clarity,