According to Stephen R. Covey, the Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a Personal Mission Statement is like a personal constitution. It is “a written standard, the key criterion by which everything else is evaluated and directed.”
I suggest that once we write it down, we read it, review it, and update it regularly. It will give us a sense of clarity in life, and help us stay true to who we are. Stephen put it nicely, he says that “it is the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives. It empowers individuals with the same timeless strength in the midst of change.”
I have written my personal mission statement and will share it here with you, in the hope that it will inspire you to write yours too. I wrote most of them but I also borrowed some from elsewhere.
Just remember that everybody’s personal mission statement will be unique both in content and format. And because it takes time to develop a personal mission statement, it is okay if you can’t finish it in one go.
Without further due, here is my personal mission statement:
- Body and mind first.
- Love, learn, laugh.
- Listen to my heart and tune my intuition.
- Welcome challenges and stretch my limits.
- Serve, contribute, and give back.
- Treat every day as a new adventure.
- Be a life-long learner.
- Do not fear mistakes-fear only the absence of creative, constructive and corrective responses to those mistakes.
- There is no failure, only learning opportunities.
- Live a principle-centred life.
- Keep an open mind and embrace positive changes.
- So make the effort, be patient, and enjoy the process of growth.
- Be proactive, instead of reactive.
- Cherish freedom but also act responsibly.
- Do one thing at a time.
- Strive for effectiveness, not just efficiency.
- Maintain a positive attitude and outlook on life.
- Keep a sense of humour.
- Be orderly in person and in work.
- Think and seek win/win.
- Always plan ahead but expect the unexpected and be willing to be flexible and spontaneous.
- Wherever I go, try to leave a positive legacy.
- Seek to inspire and be inspired.
- Cherish the relationships with my family and friends.
- Practice gratitude.
- Hear both sides before judging.
- Respect diversity.
- Cultivate deep and meaningful relationships.
- Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.