5 Steps To Help You Develop A Personal Mission Statement

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”

– Maya Angelou

I love this quote as it personifies the life that I’ve crafted for myself. Maya Angelou certainly lived a full, thriving life and I aspire to do the same. She’s such an inspiration. It’s all about creating the life you want to live, remaining persistent and trusting that everything will work out in due time.

That’s how you thrive! What does a thriving life look like for you?

If you aren’t sure, I’m here to help. I found a really cool article on Livecareer.com that outlines 5 steps toward developing a personal mission statement.

Check them out below!

Step 1: Identify Past Successes.

Spend some time identifying four or five examples where you have had personal success in recent years. These successes could be at work, in your community, at home, etc. Write them down. Try to identify whether there is a common theme — or themes — to these examples. Write them down.

Step 2: Identify Core Values.

Develop a list of attributes that you believe identify who you are and what your priorities are. The list can be as long as you need. Once your list is complete, see if you can narrow your values to five or six most important values. Finally, see if you can choose the one value that is most important to you.

Step 3: Identify Contributions.

Make a list of the ways you could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could you contribute best to:
• the world in general
• your family
• your employer or future employers
• your friends
• your community •

Step 4: Identify Goals.

Spend some time thinking about your priorities in life and the goals you have for yourself. Make a list of your personal goals, perhaps in the short-term (up to three years) and the long-term (beyond three years).

Step 5: Write Mission Statement.

Based on the first four steps and a better understanding of yourself, begin writing your personal mission statement.

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