Do you have a personal mission statement?
I don’t. Yet.
This is a concept I’ve come across here and there over my years of exploring the internet. And it seems like a good idea.
I mean, if you think about it, we expect businesses to have a mission statement… an idea of their purpose and how they will be a force for good in the world.
Organizations typically have a mission statement.
I’m guessing a lot of government agencies have them too.
But it’s not typical for people to have a mission statement… and if it is, most people I know are keeping their personal mission statement pretty quiet.
So why have a personal mission statement?
First, a few things I’ve found to be true:
- Purpose is important
- Helping others is part of most people’s happiness recipe
- Making connections is essential — connecting with people is what it’s all about
- This world will pull you in a hundred different directions or more if you let it — there’s just so much to do and try
A personal mission statement seems like a good way to distill what is important to you — what your highest priorities are — what you want to be known for — what you want to be good at.
And then, once you have that message distilled, you can use it to evaluate opportunities that come your way. This means you can start pursuing things that fit best with your own personal mission… and saying no, guilt free, to those things that just don’t align.
Do you have a personal mission statement? I’d love to know what it is. Please share in the comments.
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Mark Your Calendar
November 12: Join us for our next Monthly Member Update. During this live webinar, I’ll talk about the benefits of undertaking a big side project — one that is writing focused. Plus, we’ll dig into what’s new on the site and what’s coming up. And we’ll wrap up with a live Q&A. I hope you’ll join us!
November 21: Any time you sit down to write, you are writing to someone. The more you know about that person, the better your writing will be. In this live webinar event, I’ll share strategies you can use to get to know your audience at a deep level… so whatever you’re writing will be more effective. Details will be posted soon.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!