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DWP Challenge Day 1: Mission Statement

Let’s be clear – I don’t expect the mission statement to be completed, polished and wrapped in a tiny bow within 10-15 minutes.

However, I’m spending the day reflecting on what I want to put in my personal statement – something that I know will evolve and change as I grow.

This has been on my list of to-do’s for entirely way too long and it’s time to start whittling away at it.

Why a personal mission statement? That song You Fancy, Huh? just popped into my head 🙂

This is just a way to focus and align your life’s purpose with your daily walk.  That still sounds pretty serious and official-like, right? Really, in my opinion, it’s a brief statement or list of words that give you a clear overview on how you’d like to live each day.  Will you do it each and every day? Of course not, but it helps you focus your energies and activities.

Most company mission statements communicate their primary goals, values and purpose. As individuals focused on making a difference in our families, organizations, communities and those we reach – why shouldn’t we be able to communicate the same?

Some questions to reflect on:

~ what makes you smile?
~what are you naturally good at?
~if you could teach anything, what would it be?
~what are your core values? what’s most important to you?
~what 3-5 words come to mind when you think of yourself?
~what do you do when you’re procrastinating?
~what do people come to you for advice on?

“Writing or reviewing a mission statement changes you because it forces you to think through your priorities deeply, carefully, and to align your behavior with your beliefs”
~Stephen Covey,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Putting it all together…first and foremost, it’s YOUR personal mission statement so it can read and be phrased however you like. Whatever motivates, inspires and helps you.Some start each sentence off with words like “I will”, “I am”, “I believe”, “I do”Some use only positive affirmations and some use negative words to emphasize what they want to remove from their environments.Do you. Begin writing and see what comes out. Take some time to polish it and work on it until you’re satisfied.Once you’re done ~ type it out, make it pretty and put it somewhere you’ll see each day to inspire and motivate you to be the best you that you can be.

My Work in Progress:

I will stay true to my values and beliefs.
I will focus on the positive and remain thankful for all of life’s blessings – no matter how minute or trivial.
I will instill an attitude of gratitude in my children and live a virtuous life for them to pattern their personal walk.
I can do anything I set my mind to – I will go back to school to complete my educational goals.
I will focus on what brings me happiness – motivating and inspiring women to live their best, strive for better and empowering others no matter their circumstances.

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Tiffany C.

Monday 17th of September 2012

We are all works in progress. Love your mission statement. I like this part "I am embracing my inner DIVATUDE"

Grandma Juice

Monday 17th of September 2012

That's some seriously awesome advice!! I love how positive this whole post was!!

Mama Luvs Books

Monday 17th of September 2012

You always have the best advice on your site! So uplifting to come here! I've had to look at my kids each day and cherish how they are at this very minute. So sad they are growing too fast!

Krystle (Baking Beauty)

Monday 17th of September 2012

Such great advice, your mission statement is so inspiring! I really need to work on focusing on the positive!

Sharon Martin

Sunday 16th of September 2012

You are so right, sometimes you do need something to focus on to guide you through life - this is my favourite line from your mission statement - I will focus on what brings my happiness x

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