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Why mission statements are not just for CEOs

Alan Andersen

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 “the 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?

Click here to get started on your personal and/or family mission statement today. I would love to hear your comments and what your mission statement is via twitter / facebook, too.

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.

For more free help, subscribe to our blog and get the extra CLARITY tips. The book is a great gift for your team or a loved one who wants to live a life of integrity.

Your Coach For Clarity,

This article originally appeared at True Life Coaching

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Peek inside CLARITY: ARE YOU AN EAGLE OR A JELLYFISH?

Alan Andersen

Every summer, our family camps at Bucks Lake, where I enjoy a week of watching the eagles perch, fly, and hunt. I love the way their beady little eyes go back and forth, searching, scanning until they see it, then the eyes become intensely focused. (No doubt where the term “eagle eye” came from!)

Leaders need clarity on who they are (values), where they are going (vision) and how they will get there (mission).  There are folks who search for meaning with great energy but don’t allow for moments of silence to reflect and focus. Without that clarity, they never really see what truly matters.

How this has anything to do with jellyfish, well, you need to read this excerpt from my new book and figure it out.

Week 1 from Clarity

Have you ever been frustrated by people whose lives seem so smooth and easy, while you are working diligently only to encounter trial after trial?

When I was fresh out of college, I posed that question to my wise mentor. Answering my jealousy over the easy life of my peers, he explained that there are two types of people: jellyfish and eagles. Building upon his words, I have used this analogy throughout the years to encourage greatness in others.

Consider the jellyfish. Sure, it gets blown and tossed by the tide of the sea, but basically it just floats along. It lives on what comes its way. There’s not too much conflict, and no need for adventure. Just enough movement to stay with the current until it dies.

There may be a few exceptional jellyfish that stand out, but a jellyfish is a jellyfish – content blobs existing in the sea. For a jellyfish, there is nothing wrong with that. Nothing else is expected of a jellyfish.

Now consider the eagle. Food doesn’t just come bobbing by for the eagle – it has to go get it. Have you ever watched how many times an eagle will dive for its dinner? Relentless! For goodness sakes, on the first day of flight school, the baby eagle gets dropped out of the nest!

While they have an incredible view from the top of the world, they often perch alone because of their choice for higher living. The trials and difficulties of the eagle are what breed the character we admire: courage, vigor, and freedom. Nothing is abnormal about the challenging adventure they live – that’s an eagle’s life. Nothing less should be expected.

Unlike the animal kingdom, humans have a choice in how they want to live and who they want to be. You choose your attitude and your behavior. It doesn’t matter if jellyfish parents raised you; you can learn to be an eagle. I’ve seen organizations with jellyfish CEOs and eagle janitors. It’s not your position; it’s your attitude.

The challenge is when you naively see yourself soaring like an eagle, but you are blind to your jellyfish lifestyle. Anyone can be an eagle, but you must commit to pay the personal cost of higher living and consistent integrity. Choose today to find higher ground and learn the way of an eagle.

Your Coach,

This article Are You an Eagle or a Jellyfish? previously appeared at True Life Coaching

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