Last week, we worked on (or started, anyway) our Family Mission Statements.   This week, we are going to talk about PERSONAL Mission Statements.  I had you do a family mission statement first because if your family was going to be flexible and travel and you wanted to start college and go get your doctorate…well, the two don’t mesh well.

I’m also going to keep this one short because I got long winded last week and you may still be working on the Family Mission statement.   I do have breaks built in quite regularly so no fears about “falling behind.” :).

Why have one?

Having a personal mission statement help to direct your path and decide on opportunities that come your way.   If you have read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it’s habit 2:  Begin with the end in mind.

How do I make one?

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here.  The best resource I have ever seen is from Inspire to Action.   Just subscribe to their RSS and there will be a link to a Mission Statements for Moms, a free ebook.  TOTALLY worth it.

Do you have one?

Yep, I wrote it before kids and I think it pretty much says it all.

To make a warm & happy home & family.
To help family, friends & neighbors.
To stay healthy & fit.
To read.  To learn.  To travel.
To have integrity in all that I do.
To be patient.  To be faithful.  To set an example.
To pray.

Do you have a mission statement?

3 Comments on Simplify Your Home to Simply Live: Personal Mission Statements

  1. Lori
    16 May 2011 at 9:47 AM (11 years ago)

    Such a great post. (I clicked back to read your family mission statement post also.) Creating a mission statement years ago has enhanced my life.

    About 8 years ago I worked on creating a personal mission statement. We were closing onto the last years of homeschooling (my daughter was starting college and my son not that far behind). I felt I needed to know where God wanted me to go next…

    After working on a personal mission statement, it morphed into a direction. Encouragement.

    And then through that direction, I was led toward researching, and reading about how encouragement makes a difference in marriages. That’s where I’ve been focused for the last few years.

    My husband knows my mission, my 3 kids (I’ve since added a daughter-in-law) know my focus is on encouragement. Now my husband and I are looking into the future and planning on working together to ‘encourage husbands and wives to lead meaningful lives.’

    One action I took about 8 years ago – creating a personal mission statement – has brought such beautiful fruit.

    My point? It’s REALLY worth spending the time to create both a family and a personal mission statement. Really.

    (What a great idea to create this series of posts!)

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    jen Reply:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I love your mission of encouragement — as do those who you touch, I’m sure.

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