8 Steps To Creating Your Personal Mission Statement

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8 Steps To Creating Your Personal Mission Statement

Creating your mission statement will bring so much value to your life and will  help you clarify your hopes and dreams and discover what is most important to you.

Then, you can create goals that support your mission and move your life toward fulfilling your purpose. And working towards those goals will become a joy in itself!

In my last email I promised to give you some guidance on crafting your own personal mission statement.

There is great joy in approaching your life with vision, passion and purpose

This 8-step process will help you create your own personal mission statement:


Step 1: Who do you admire?

Think of a person you know or someone in history that you admire. What are the qualities of that person that you would like to have.  These qualities can relate to their awareness, character, values, achievements, personality, or simply the way they live their lives. What are the real reasons you admire this person, and write down those qualities.

Step 2: Who is your ideal self?
Define the type of person you want to become.  This doesn’t include what you want tohave or do, but who you want to be.  This ideal self should include your core values and your definition of living with integrity and connectedness.

Consider all areas of your life, as a sweetheart or spouse, friend, boss, employee, parent, etc. and who you want to be in each of those roles.

It might be helpful to write it out – such as ‘As an ideal parent I want to …..’ then fill it in with real heartfelt answers.

For instance:
As an ideal parent:

  • I want to provide for my children and protect them with all my heart and soul.  
  • I want to be fully present and emotionally intimate with them.
  • I want to love my children unconditionally and will demonstrate that love to them every day in my words and actions.
  • I want to respect them and be there for them emotionally, physically and spiritually every day.
  • I want to provide my children with deep roots and wings to fly into new experiences, knowing that my love will always be with them.

This exercise might take some time, but it is well worth the effort because of its usefulness not just for your mission statement but in your life.

Step 3: Consider your legacy
Think about all of your life roles (family, career, community, etc.), and write down a short statement of how you would like to be described in each of those roles. Think about how you would like the important people in your life to remember you and talk about you.

For example, you might want your wife to say, “He was a man of character and integrity who was committed to me, loved me deeply and showed it everyday.  He was a great provider and kept us safe and protected”

This process may feel odd at first, but it’s for your eyes only. It’s to help you make decisions about how you want to step into each of the roles in your life and to get clear on how you want others to perceive you.

Step 4: Define your purpose
Write down a purpose for the three aspects of who you are: body, mind and spirit. In each of these, what is the most important way you want to express yourself?

We often go through life on automatic and connecting with our purpose helps us actually manifest instead of just hoping for our goals.  With a well defined purpose each step you take will get your closer to your life goals.

For instance your purpose for your body may be to treat is as sacred by practicing fitness, healthy eating, daily appreciation, and pleasurable physical experiences.

Step 5: Define your divine gifts
What are the gifts, talents and skills you possess that are most important to you and that you actually enjoy? Part of your mission statement should reflect these as they create joy and energy in our lives. When we spend our time on what we do well and enjoy, our lives not only have meaning but also is in vibrational alignment with our higher self.

How would you like to use your knowledge and personal gifts for others?
Make a list of all of your personal and professional gifts, talents, aptitudes, and skills — even those you may think are common, like being a good friend or having the ability to organize well. Then highlight the gifts you enjoy or find fulfilling. Focus on these.

Step 6: Define specific goals

Based on everything you outlined above, what are some related goals you want to achieve in your life? Goals are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time bound.  Describe your top four or five goals for your life.

As you look at the people who inspired you, the ideal self you’ve defined, the legacy you want to leave, the purpose you have for the divine gifts you have what are the outcomes you want to achieve for your life?

Step 7: Craft your mission statement
Look at the above 6 steps and begin creating your personal mission statement. Keep it simple, clear and brief — not more than 2 short paragraphs. You can write it as a statement that flows or with bullet points. How you create it is less important than what you want to express.
The point is you want a personal mission statement that will guide you in your day to day actions and decisions, as well as your long term goals. Keep your words positive and affirmative. Focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.

Step 8: Refine it
Creating a mission statement is a process and I wouldn’t recommend trying to complete it in one sitting.  Write it out and then tweak it.  It takes some introspection and self analysis and often several drafts until you have a mission statement that represents the real you.
It might take several weeks before you feel really comfortable with your mission statement, before you feel it is complete expression of your innermost values and directions.

Review your personal mission statement on a regular basis and revise and update it as you continue to learn more about your values and goals. Type it up and print it and keep it visible so that you can start working from this new perspective.  Every time you make an important decision, let your mission statement be your guide.

Here are some examples of mission statements to give you some ideas:

Example 1: My mission is to use my Source given gifts as an instrument of positive change in my family, my work and my community. I will utilize all of the gifts and talents that the Universe has given me and will participate in all aspects of my life with energy, purpose and gratitude. I will utilize my gifts to ensure that my home is loving and calm, my workplace is productive and positive and my community is improving. Through this focus I will provide a positive role model for my children.

Example 2:
To find happiness, fulfillment, and value in living, I will seek out and experience all of the pleasures and joys that life has to offer.

Example 3:
To remember where I have been and where I will go through maintaining positive relationships with family and friends. To choose the ethical way by making a personal commitment to honesty and integrity. To find peacefulness within myself by looking inward while using my heart to guide my dreams and desires, and my mind to pursue knowledge, creating balance among all of my obligations. To content myself in my surroundings so I will always know where security lies within my life. To build a reputation of being dedicated to every goal I choose to pursue while having successes in both my personal and professional life. To enjoy every moment along this journey finding laughter, love, and happiness with each day that passes

Example 4:
To be in joy
To feel true freedom
To walk connected to Source
To feel appreciation for all things great and small.
To feel deep intimate love
To experience great adventures and
To follow my bliss

Your mission statement tells you and the world who you are and what you hope to do with your life. It helps you focus throughout your life on what your real purpose is.
Writing your personal mission statement not only gives your life focus, but it also provides meaning, purpose, and incentive for you to do everything possible to live your best life.

Create your personal mission statement today. You have a lot of living to do!
What is YOUR personal mission statement?

I’m really interested to hear from you.


Dawn Michaels

PS. If you would like to create…

Your divine relationship, more prosperity, more joy and peace or more health

Feel free to contact me for a free 30 minute consultation

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