What are your personal, professional, and parenting mission statements?

mission-statementThree times in the last week I’ve been exposed to various articles/books suggesting that I create a mission statement. Some were advocating for a personal mission statement while others were the more traditional professional business statement. Being inundated with these messages, I began to find a common thread and was able to connect the dots (pun intended).

The three sources of inspiration for this post came from Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s The Conscious Parent, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and this article. Each post had their own angle, but they all speak to the importance of having a mission statement. Why is a mission statement so important to have in your life? Dr. Stephen R. Covey says

“The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.” (p. 113)

He goes on to discuss the uniqueness of each of our individual mission statements that reflect our personalities, both in content and form. In some ways, a mission statement is like a personal constitution. Dr. Covey says that just like the constitution, it’s changeless and over the past two hundred years, there have only been 26 amendments. He says,

“A personal mission statement based on correct principles becomes the same kind of standard for an individual. It becomes a personal constitution, the basis for making major, life-directing decisions, the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives.” (p. 115)

Creating a personal mission statement is one aspect to it, but you can also expand this statement to your children. As I recently discussed in a previous post, Dr. Shefali Tsabary says that all parents should ask themselves

“What is my parenting mission, my parenting philosophy? How do I manifest this in my everyday interaction with my child? Have I mapped out a thoughtful, mindful mission, as I would were I running a major organization?” (p. 5)

Dr. Tsabary states that if we were to head up a billion-dollar organization, we would have a mission statement, clarify our objectives, and know how to go about achieving them. We would realize who the people in our surroundings are that are consistent with that vision. We would identify our strengths to capitalize on them and our weaknesses to minimize their impact. This is all part of what she refers to as “strategizing for success.”

Lastly, in a recent post I came across, the writer references Allison Rimm, an author, management consultant, and coach. Rimm states that not having a direction is the number one mistake we make in our careers and personal lives. She says,

“Every great strategic plan starts with a declaration of an entity’s purpose that expresses why they exist, what they value and what they intend to accomplish. An organization would never leave their business results to chance. You would never get an investor to put up money for a project if they couldn’t see what the return was going to be on that investment.”

To know if you were successful in your personal, parenting, and professional lives, you first need a mission statement. A business cannot be successful if it didn’t have a mission statement to clarify it’s objectives. Similarly, you have no barometer of success without knowing the personal objectives you set for yourself.

Take the time to think about your values and what they mean to you. If you have kids, think about the kind of values you want to bring forth. Become conscious the energy you are bringing forward.

Start by creating your own mission statement. What are your goals, values, and dreams for yourself? What are those timeless aspects of yourself that are stable in your core no matter what changes? Start writing yours and let us know!

To purchase a copy of The Conscious Parent, click here

To purchase a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, click here

To purchase a copy of The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life, click here.

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Rubin Khoddam, Clinical Psychology PhD student at University of Southern California, founder of Psych Connection.

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