What is a Mission Statement & Why do you Need One
Writing a mission statement is one of the most important tasks you can complete in your life. Depending on when you write your first mission statement, it may slightly change as you get older. Before I get in too deep, let me explain what a mission statement is. A mission statement is a written declaration of steps you will take to carry out your God given mission in life. A mission statement also defines the personal, moral, and ethical values that guide your life. If you have yet to decide what you want to do with yourself, who you want to help, or how you want your charitable contributions to affect the world, your absolute first step would be to hash that out.
Hopefully, you understand what a mission statement is now. Our next step in writing a more powerful statement is to realize how it can help you. Because my father was a scout leader for the boy scouts, I will use that scenario. Follow me….. When I was a little girl, my Dad would take my brothers and other boys in the community camping. Since I am a Daddy’s girl, I wanted to follow him everywhere. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go, but Dad would let me help him and my brothers pack their bags before each trip. In their packs we placed a compass, rope, a knife, a sun dial, and the handbook. I was allowed to play with those items when the boys weren’t preparing to go on trips.
From the compass, I learned that even when you think you haven’t chosen a direction, you are still traveling. I can remember walking around our neighborhood with the compass in my hand fascinated by how the arrow would turn from one direction to the next in cadence with me. A mission statement would be like the compass for your life. At any given time, you can refer to it to make sure that you are still going in the direction that you set out to travel. The scouts used the rope mostly for hiking. They would tether themselves together so no one would get lost. In life, we sometimes tie ourselves to people and we are afraid to let go.
All we have to do is untie the knot, but something about that action scares us to death. While writing your mission statement, you may realize that people who are in your life now are keeping you from moving to your next level. You may have to let them go.
The sun dial took me a while to learn how to use. To be honest, I still don’t full grasp it. I do understand the concept as it relates to camping. In the wilderness, you have no signal. Back then, there were no cell phones to take with you. So, the scouts had to make an educated guess in regards to the time. Using a sun dial made it easier. You would position the dial, and the shadow would tell you the time of day. The mission statement is quite similar. When you take a good look at your life, you realize that you’re already used up a lot of time. There is only so much time you have left and you have to make good use of it. A mission statement will help you to determine what you want to do and how you want to do it. Time is a factor. The most important tool of all is the handbook. It tells you how to use all of the tools. If you don’t have the handbook, you run the risk of misuse of the tools. Misuse often constitutes abuse. My handbook is the Bible. I go to it for everything. No matter the problem, I know the answer is found there. Where do you find your answers? Do you have a handbook that you can go to when you have a problem? If you don’t, I encourage you to embark upon the journey to find one.
Now that you know the tools that you need, now it’s time to put them to work. You need to examine the 3 parts of your life that make up who you are. First, we will look at our public lives. This is the time that is spent with your coworkers, people in your community, or people you encounter at the grocery store. Next, you want to assess who you are in private. This is the person you are when you are with your spouse or significant other. Who are you when you are with your children or close friends? Is that the same person you present in public? Our mission statements should align all the parts of our lives. Our inner life is what no one else will ever see and it is also the most important to examine. Within your inner life you will find your motives, your desires, and your deepest emotional pains.
When you can honestly and effectively review the 3 parts of your life and resolve to line them up, then you will be on your way to crafting a more powerful mission statement. You have to be willing to ask and answer hard questions. What do you do if you don’t like that answers to the questions? Are you willing to facilitate change in your life? Are you too proud to ask for help? The hard emotional work is worth it. You won’t be able to rush your mission statement. It may take a few days, a week, or even a few months. That’s okay. Some of us have more to analyze than others. The deeper you dive, the more treasure you will unearth.
Life & Relationship Coach
Sophia Antoine is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach. She specializes in assisting women to work through past emotional pain. It is her dream to reach women all over the world to encourage them to have a peaceful present and a fruitful future. Sophia was also the sole caregiver for her husband throughout his battle with End Stage Renal Failure. Sophia also cares for her elderly father as he battles cancer. She provides support for family caregivers through blog posts, Periscope broadcasts, and other social media outlets as they are often left feeling alone, depression, and dejected due to their perception of their situation. Sophia is also a speaker and is available to be booked for live and virtual engagements. Sophia resides in South Florida with her husband, Bradley Antoine and three children.