Writing a Mission Statement

Writing a Mission Statement

An earlier post I linked to a recent NY Time Well Blog on Writing Your Way to Happiness. They have another useful post about Creating a New Mission Statement

By creating a mission statement people can begin to identify the underlying causes of behaviors, as well as what truly motivates them to make changes. β€œA mission statement becomes the North Star for people,” says Dr. Groppel. β€œIt becomes how you make decisions, how you lead, and how you create boundaries.”

Writing a mission statement brings life into focus and helps identify the reasons we make decisions. Knowing why we make decisions is a step toward making better decisions. Another useful article on this subject is Define you Personal Core Values: 5 Steps. Kevin Daum writes:

Many claim to understand their own values, but I maintain you don’t really know them until you have:

  1. Articulated them clearly in writing.
  2. Tested them through daily decision-making.

Much like company core values, your personal core values are there to guide behavior and choice. Get them right and you’ll be swift and focused in your decision-making, with clear direction. Get them wrong or leave them ambiguous, and you’ll constantly wonder how you got into this mess.

I have spent a lot of time learning how I have gotten “into this mess.” Now it is time to make sure it doesn’t happen again. At least not the same mess.