Years ago when I was a branch manager I worked with my staff to create a mission statement for our branch. It was an interesting process. First introducing the concept and then many discussions of what was important to all of us as individuals, what was appropriate and what all of us could understand, accept and be willing to embrace each day.
It was an excellent team building experience and helped to develop each employee and myself as well. Making a mission statement gave us focus as a unit and it was there as a measurement that we could look at often to gauge how we were doing. This was a way for us to set our goals for our individual branch within the framework of the whole bank. It set us apart and helped build confidence. It made each of us more aware of our work, it’s quality and how our interaction as a team was important to the institution we worked for as well as to each of us as individuals.
So in working on improving my blog and understanding better how it works and looking for ways to improve it I have been doing some research and reading on the internet. I was searching for terms that would work as Category names and what I have written so far and it really made me think more about what I want to say and how I want to improve every aspect of my life.
What better way than to make my own personal Mission Statement. So that is what I am going to do. I know this is going to take awhile and I will probably tweak it a lot as I go. Which is something that should be done; as we grow and learn new things we change and so should our mission statement; it may need tweaking.
As I have been researching most of what I have seen so far is geared to business but certainly can be used for developing a personal mission statement.
An excellent article I read is “13 Ways You Can Craft A Strong Personal Mission Statement” from Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/11/07/13-ways-you-can-craft-a-strong-personal-mission-statement/#2685c3972dee It has suggestions from the Forbes Coaches Council and they are all worth reading.
I have see a similar suggestion years ago and yes, it does make a lot of sense and I do not think it is something we think about, but we should. Have you ever thought about what someone else would say if they wrote your obituary ? Have you become the person you would want to be remembered as. I have not. We can always be better as a person.
So going forward what would I want to make a part of my personal mission statement?
Steven Covey (in his book First Things First) refers to developing a mission statement as “connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes from fulfilling it.”
Reading through all of these and trying to absorb it and put it all into my personal perspective is kind of mind numbing at the moment because so much of it is in reference to someone who is employed and working for a company and they want to focus on improving themselves and moving forward at their company.
So now I have to take some time, take a deep breath, relax, and go from there. I realize that it really is not too different. I do not have a business and I am not employed but I have a life to live and I want it to be the best it can be. So instead of just existing I want to be better, I want to constantly be learning, I want to be the best I can be both physically and mentally. So those are some of my goals and they are all reasons I have for writing this blog. The blog is my motivation. I need to move forward and writing some of my thoughts about what I am experiencing is all part of it.
I did find one article that was geared more toward Personal Mission Statements written by Dave Ramsey. https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/mission-statement-101.
This article has some personal mission statements from individuals, like Oprah Winfrey. The one I really liked was, “To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.” — Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. I like that one a lot.
When I started my blog I created the name “Adjusting My Time Frame” and I created the tagline, “As I age I am looking back at my life, taking stock, and looking forward to all I still have ahead of me.”
So how do I take that and incorporate it into a Mission Statement ?