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Guest Post by Anik Singal
Many people I work with don’t really know what they want “big picture” in their lives. A common interaction I have with my clients is, “Hey Anik, I don’t really know what I’m doing with my life, and don’t know where to start.”
It’s an important question, and in this article I’m going to share some ideas for using a mission statement to find some answers to this question.
What is your mission?
When people talk about your “mission” or “purpose” in life, they’re usually talking about two things:
- Being your best self.
- Contributing to others in some way.
Being your best self just means having a set of standards for how you behave and meeting up to those standards.
Those standards can come from many places. The most powerful source are your values. Your values come from a wide range of places, such as your religious beliefs, family, your community, people you admire and your own experiences.
Ultimately, however, these will be your own. Your standards will be different than Amy own standards.
Contributing to others reflects a basic need we all have as social creatures. The most fulfilling thing you can do is make somebody’s life better, and the more you do this in your life, the happier you’ll be.
This can be on a large scale, like working on a cure for cancer, or on a smaller scale, like being a good parent to your children.
Both are equally rewarding.
Create a mission statement
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to create a little document – your own little mission statement that you could hand to someone, and they could immediately get a sense of who you are and the life you are working to create.
You can make your mission statement into whatever you’d like, but I’m going to give you a format that you should at least use a starting point.
Your mission statement will be divided into five parts.
In part 1, describe some of your proudest moments.
When you look at your mission statement, preferably first thing in the morning, these peak moments should be the first things that you see.
In part 2, list out your core values as you see them right now.
This provides the context for everything that follows. Remember, this will be on the computer, so you can change them as you explore these areas a little more.
In part 3, describe 5 relationships that are really important to you.
Also, briefly describe why they are so important to who you are and what you’re doing.
In part 4, list out your goals for your five core areas.
Those five core areas are…
- Your physical health and well-being
- Your social life
- Your personal finances
- Your skills and talents
- Your spiritual health
When you list out these goals, also make sure you explain WHY you are pursuing those goals.
In part 5, state your life purpose.
Again, this is both the standards you set for yourself AND how you want to contribute to other people.
It can actually be a short section.
That’s because the first four parts to give you the context that ultimately leads to this part.
Using Your Mission Statement
Reading your mission statement is the perfect way to start your day. It centers you and points you in the right direction for the rest of your day.
It’s also is a living, breathing document that succinctly expresses where you are in your life. If you continuously update your mission statement over time, you will be forced to think about both the big and little picture of your life.
It also has sentimental value, since you will have a complete record of your personal development!
If I had a file of “Anik Singal mission statements,” over the years, it would be fascinating to look at.
Creating a mission statement is easy. There’s no reason not to go out and create one today!
About the Author: Anik Singal is a Founder and CEO of Lurn.com as well as VSS Mind, an e-learning company with a mission to change the world by creating information entrepreneurs worldwide. He’s also the creator of two HUGE Recent Internet Marketing product launches, namely Inbox Blueprint & Publish Academy.