“Do you have a mission statement for yourself?”
I was a little shocked when my husband asked if I had a mission statement. I am a stay-at-home mom, why do I need a mission statement?
Seriously, I wash dishes, cook meals, and do laundry, and tend to the needs of our daughters. Why would I have a mission statement?
Ben then challenged me to write a mission statement. He said it is important to have a mission statement to remind us of what is important and why we do what we do each day. It acts as a guide when chaos hits and helps us stay the course.
I have spent a good deal of time thinking about this, as I have to give him a copy of my mission statement by the end of the week. Do I really need this? Doesn’t everyone know what I do each day? I am a mom, so that means I feed my children, putting bandages on wounds, and breaking up sibling brawls.
Who needs a mission statement? Anyone who desires to succeed should have a mission statement. It is about having a plan and purpose laid out to keep us on track. It is a defining tool, a tool that declares our purpose.
Having a mission statement is about clearly expressing what matters most to us. By examining our goals and core values, we can create a mission statement that inspires us to keep going. Are you spending each day in a way that fulfills your mission? When life throws you curve balls, and you need re-centered, your mission statement reminds you of your end goal. What is your mission?
A mission statement needs to answer these three questions:
- What is it that you do?
- How do you do it?
- Why do you do it?
According to www.entrepreneur.com, a mission statement should define your purpose, be specific and easy to remember, and inspire others by linking your purpose to your fundamental values. An effective mission statement is a good summary of what is important to you.
How does someone go about creating a mission statement?
While there are many options available, I have found this platform to be the most helpful. First, consider your mission statement to be a road map of where you want to go. Then, follow the next five steps to creating a mission statement, and you will have something that is succinct, yet effective. A mission statement has the powerful potential of inspiring others.
This 5-Step plan to creating a mission statement was found at www.livecareer.com.
- Identify 4-5 examples of past successes. Look for a theme to these successes.
- Identify as many core values as you can, and then narrow it down to five or six. Next, pick the one core value that is most important to you.
- Identify areas that you can be a contribution:
- Employer/future employer
- Identify your goals. Consider short-term and long-term goals and write them down. Short term goals are anything within the next three years, while long term goals are anything after three years.
- Write your mission statement.
It should look something like this:
- Past Successes
- Started marriage mentoring program at church
- Lead, teach, and create curriculum for 4th-5th grade Sunday School class
- Designed and built two beds
- Decreased toxins in our daily routines
- Froze 30 dinners for our family
The common thread in this first category is I have seen a need and found ways to meet that need.
- Core Values
(fundamental beliefs of a person; guided principles that dictate behavior and determine right from wrong)
- Freedom to try new things
- Serve others
- Family focused
- Hard worker
- Improve things for myself and others
- Being intentional
My top five core values are being compassionate, encouraging, improving things for myself and others, serving others, and being intentional. After reviewing this list, I have decided that my number one core value is being intentional.
To me, being intentional means striving to make the most of each day, and doing what I can to make life better for myself and those around me. Living intentionally is putting my core values into action.
- My Ideal Contributions
- The World in general: give families tools to survive
- My family: build strong relationships with my children and husband
- My employer (in this case I am thinking of my husband and leaders at church that I serve under): finding ways to be more effective and efficient in the things I do to have the most impact
- My friends: to encourage and support them how and when they need it
- Community: strengthen families
- Short-term—Use my talents to raise my daughters to be girls who are kind and compassionate, love others, and desire to serve Jesus
- Long-term–To inspire my family to follow God’s calling for them and follow Him with abandon
- Write my mission statement
My Mission as a Wife and Mom
To cultivate a stable, loving home in which my family can thrive
Spend some time writing your mission statement. Maybe it is a family statement. Or, maybe it is a statement regarding your finances or health. Perhaps, you want to consider creating a mission statement in several areas of life.
Use this opportunity to determine what matters most to you, and then go after it. Your mission statement is for you. It is about you. It is meant to guide you and inspire you, to keep you on track when life is chaotic.
A mission statement is not written in stone, so over time, you may feel you need to adjust yours. Life brings changes, and you may need to, or want to, reflect those changes in your mission statement.
Set a deadline for yourself to have this done. There is a much higher chance of it happening. Tell someone about it, or write it on a calendar for some accountability.
Share your statements in the comments. I would love to hear what you have put together.