Last month I shared with you how I transitioned from teacher to writer. Today I’ll share why you need a personal mission statement and how to write one. Tomorrow I’m excited to tell you about my new favorite book, Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt.
Write Your Mission Statement
When I left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, I thought I would be deliriously happy. Only the days seemed endless, filled only with diapers and breast feeding and no weekends. My life revolved around my child. Who was I? What happened to Melissa? I was not deliriously happy. I was miserable.
Can you relate?
One day, in despair, I called a friend, asking her through sobs what I was good at and if I was more than AJ’s mom. It was the first step in rediscovering myself and my new life purpose.
I believe that everyone has a purpose in life.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, an elementary school teacher, or a business executive, a personal mission statement becomes your road map for the future.
Our life purpose changes with different seasons. It’s fluid and that’s okay.
Over a latte last January, my friend, Rainey Wikstrom, said, “I know what your passion is . . . I can tell because you light-up when you talk about helping people.”
What makes you light up?
Think about it. Then start writing a personal mission statement.
I _[insert active, present tense verb] ___[insert object of verb]
Mine is: “I provide helpful information about learning that improves parents’ and children’s lives.”
2. Add how you will accomplish it.
” . . . through my blog and my writing.”
3. Rework, revise, ponder.
“I enrich lives with information about learning and education through my writing.”
4. What is your mission statement?
Do you need examples?
Don’t miss the Stephen Covey mission statement builder — it’s a great tool.
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