After recently writing a post about how personal vision statements can propel you towards your desired lifestyle design, it seemed natural to write about another useful lifestyle design goal setting and motivation tool: the Mission Statement.
Vision and Mission: What’s The Difference?
If the personal vision statement is a detailed description of what your future life looks like and how you’re going to get there, the mission statement is a short and easily remembered summary to support your vision. Your mission statement ‘operationalises’ your vision.
What I mean by this is that your mission statement provides a concise platform to align your thoughts and actions to your personal vision statement.
How To Write It
In military operations, every mission has a mission statement. Having been an officer in the Australian Army for 13 years I have written and delivered thousands of tactical mission statements. The Army formula for writing a mission statement is simple: who, what, when, where and why.
This formula is directly transferrable to any context including your own lifestyle design. I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining each component but instead some examples have been provided below.
You may choose to encompass your vision into one mission statement or alternatively you may find it useful to have different mission statements for the various aspects of your life. Each of these mission statements should tie into your personal vision statement.
For example, you may have a mission statement that relates to your professional work:
- I am going to train and practice to become a professional coach within the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas no later than May 2011 in order to help people achieve their full potential and to create a sustainable income to support my family.
You may have a mission statement that relates to your online projects:
- I am going to provide exceptionally high quality and actionable information on lifestyle design through the Uncork Your Mind website and newsletter throughout 2011 in order to help each and every reader to progress towards their desired lifestyle design.
You may have a family mission statement:
- The Russell Family will create a positive, supportive and fun environment at our home on the Sunshine Coast during 2011 in order to achieve happiness and fulfillment both individually and collectively.
How To Use Your Mission Statement
So you’ve now written your mission statement(s). How do you prevent them from becoming just words on paper in a world full of unactioned information?
- Remember It. If you’ve followed my method, your mission is a one sentence statement. Remember it so you can recall it at will.
- Display It. Put it on your vision board, use it in your business documentation, write it on your website, stick it next to your bed, keep it in your wallet, stick it on your fridge, set it as your computer’s wallpaper. The options are endless.
- Internalise It. Visualise and believe it. Use it to guide your decision making. Question the usefulness of your feelings and actions against it. Live and breathe your mission statement and be amazed at the opportunities that present themselves to help you achieve it.
- Share It. For collaborative projects develop joint mission statements. For family mission statements, create them with everyone’s input. For personal mission statements, tell your loved ones.
The Next Step!
Remember the wise words of the 11th president of India in the post about personal vision statements: “Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant”. If you haven’t written your personal vision statement yet, read the post on personal vision statements and take the time to write it. If you have already written your personal vision statement, create your mission statement(s) and start using them to achieve the lifestyle of your own choosing!
If you’d like my help or feedback, email me your vision statement and/or mission statement(s) via my contact page. I’d love to help!
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