“My mission in life is NOT merely to survive, but to THRIVE; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” Maya Angelou

I am a firm believer that “life requires a strategy” and that every good strategy is in the form of a written plan. Every company and/or business, in order to be effective, has a mission statement. The statement serves as a constant reminder to its employees, the company’s purpose, and how it intends to achieve its goals. While a company uses a mission statement to chart its course of action, a personal mission statement guides US toward our specific goals and aspirations.

The word “mission” means “a specific task with which a person or group is charged to perform.” What are you charged to do? Do you know what your mission is? Are you aimlessly wandering through life? A personal mission statement is OUR strategic plan for life. It’s a written-down reason for our being and gives us permission to take ownership of our lives. Creating a personal mission statement, allows us to discover who we are, where we’re going, and when we’ll arrive. It provides us with clarity and gives us a sense of purpose.

Chris Frierson wrote, “How to Write Your Personal Mission Statement” on Success.com. This article provides step by step instructions on how to develop a personal mission statement. Frierson suggests that before developing our personal mission statement, we must ask ourselves the following thought-provoking questions: What do I really want out of life? What do I want my life to stand for? What am I uniquely put on earth to achieve? What do I believe my purpose or mission is in life?

In the article, Frierson outlines 4 steps that will give us greater clarity about our goals and developing our personal mission statement. He suggests we know:

1. Our personality,
2. Our values,
3. Our interests and passions,
4. Our strengths, talents, and skills

With this knowledge, Frierson suggests that now we can begin to create our mission statement.

Simply put, a personal mission statement allows us to be in charge of which relationSHIPS sail in our lives and which passengers we allow on board. So, if you are committed to discovering your purpose and developing your personal mission statement, I encourage you to read Friesen’s article in its entirety and follow the steps. https://www.success.com/how-to-write-your-personal-mission-statement/ Once you create it, use your personal mission statement to chart and navigate your life’s course!!

SHIP TALK: What’s your mission in life? What are you good at? What’s your personal mission statement? Is it written down? Do you plan on creating a personal statement?

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