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. “A mission statement becomes the North Star for people,” says Dr. Groppel. “It 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:
- Articulated them clearly in writing.
- 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.