Create a Mission Statement

Mission Statements aren’t just for businesses.  They can be a valuable tool for anyone who wants to clarify and focus.

I created a mission statement years ago.  In fact, I have done many.  They keep changing over the years because I keep changing and things that mattered 5 years ago, don’t seem as important as they once were.  It is important to review them and make changes each year that reflect the growth you have made during that year.  New Years is a great time to reflect on your Mission Statement.

I am reviewing mine right now.  It just so happened that I found it in a drawer I was cleaning out.  I am clearing the clutter in an attempt to make more room for things I really enjoy.  I am simplifying–doing a give-away.    I’ll elaborate on that subject later.  Let’s just say that for now, my mission statement is where I am focusing.

Actually, I am amazed at how well honed this one is.  There is very little I would change.  I guess you could say I have not grown much over the year.  I would say that I have focused in on what I want and who I am to the point where despite the changes, the basic me is still intact.  I think that is a good thing.

Here is my 2009 Mission Statement:

1.  I will exercise wisdom in what I choose to eat, read, see, and do at home.

2.  My home and business will be filled with love, laughter, and learning.

3.  I will never compromise my honesty.

4.  I will seek and merit divine help.

5.  I will defend those who are absent.

6.  I will plan tomorrow’s work today and organize and execute around priorities.

7.  I will be sincere, yet decisive.

8.  I will forgive my trespassers and try to separate the deed from the person.

9.  I will maintain my didnity and self-respect no matter what the circumstances.

10.  I will take care of me, but care about others.

11.  I will have fun!

12.  Happiness is a choice, and I will choose happiness.

13.  I will stop and think before acting.

14.  I will maintain a sense of humor, and live each day as if it were my last.

15.  I will act on situations and opportunities rather than be acted upon.

16.  I will be self-starting and exercise initiative in accomplishing my life’s goals.

17.  My money will be my servant, not my master.

18.  My wants will be subject to my needs and my means.

19.  I will allow my creative self to blossom and grow.

20.  I will honor my inner child and get to know her.

21.  I will never give up on my dreams and do everything possible to make them happen.

22.  I will learn to like myself enough to lose the weight I need to for my health as well as for my own satisfaction and joy.

23.  I will acknowledge my feminine intuition and have faith that it is divinely inspired.

24.  I will have faith that my needs will be taken care of.

25.  I will trust that my Higher Power has a plan for me.

26.  I will trust that no matter what my journey brings, I am not alone on this adventure.

My mission statement has stayed pretty much the same except I have added the last four items.  There are still some items I really need to work on because I have not mastered them.  Others are there because I slip up once in a while and I need something that can drag me back on the road.  Still others are there because they are at the core of who I am.

Let me take #6  Organization and not procrastinating.  I tend to procrastinate.  Yes, I admit it.  And, I am one of the most disorganized people you will ever meet.  My husband and children tell me that I am a Bohemian–free spirited–in touch with that Wildish Nature.  However, a free spirit often is not a productive one.  I probably will never ever be  an organizational expert.

I can remember the day, in college at age 44, that the professor told us we were going to start our book keeping class.  He announced with a smile, “I want you to go home and look in your drawers and closets.  If everything is neatly folded and there is a place for everything and everything is in its place, you will have no problem with this class.”  I put my head on my desk and groaned.  “Ah, it seems we have a disorganized student…” he said laughing.  “Meet me after class to schedule some extra help.  You will be needing it.”

I struggled through it with a B, but I hated it.  Boring!    But, that is who I am and I have to learn to work within my limitations.  I have to find a way to be organized without having to change who I am.  There is the dilemma.  But, I am trying.  When I finally get there, I will make sure to share the experience with you.  Let’s just say that for now, I am struggling.

I’ll share with you the reason I added#21  to my list.    While I was married to my ex-husband, he had the chance to start his own business.  The plant he had worked at for all of our married life had been sold and shut down.  He was forced to go to work for his brother who did concrete construction work.  It was hard, backbreaking work.  One day one of the inspectors told him that he was so good at what he did that he should work for himself, not for anyone else.    When he told me that I immediately sent to the state for their Small Business packet on what he would need to start the business.  I was excited!  I told him that I would be his office manager and work from home and he could run the operations and bid the jobs.  To me, this was a chance to control our own destiny.

While reading the requirements, we came across the need for a one million dollar bond.  He stopped dead.  He told me that there was no way he could come up with a million dollar bond.  He refused to investigate it further.  I was devastated.  He just could not get past the obstacle of that one million dollar bond.  It seemed impossible to him.  Not to me, but it wasn’t me that would have to do it.

Later, after the divorce and my remarriage, I had a chance to open my own business.  Because I am a self starter and someone who will not take no for an answer, I investigated it.  I needed liability insurance.  While talking to the agent about it I brought up the bond issue.  I was curious.  What would it have taken to accomplish procuring a one million dollar bond.  Boy, was I shocked.  It was as simple as getting an insurance policy.  Basically, that is what a bond is.  It is an insurance policy that you pay monthly for.  We could have gotten the million dollar bond with no problem.  However, he let the amount, which seemed impossible, stop him without even getting all the information.  It was doable, but not if we let negative thoughts invade our dreams.

I have found that if Mohamad won’t come to the mountain, the mountain can come to Mohamad.  Where there is a will, there is a way.  I never accept no for an answer.  I find a way to make it happen.  If I am blocked in one direction, I find a way around.  It is as simple as that.  It is a matter of how badly you want it.  It is a matter of how you feel about yourself.  It is a matter of having faith in your own abilities.  And, it is a matter of thinking outside the box.

This blog is an example of going around a problem.  My website is outdated.  It was great when I started it years ago.  In fact, I was one of the first clear back in 1995.  However, I have gone as far as I can technically.  I have no one to help me with it.  And, it is so large, (there are no pregnant pauses where I am concerned), that it is unmanageable.  I have been frustrated for a couple of years now because I haven’t been able to do what I have invisioned for it.  When I heard about the blogs, I asked my husband about it.  He used to be a software design engineer before his retirement.   He explained it and helped me set it up and the rest is history.

I have changed direction to focus more on the Woman’s Study Center.  That is where my passion lies–less on making a buck and more on empowering women.  I want to give back because I have been so blessed.  So here I am and here you are and wow!  Had I given us, this could never have happend.  I hope my experiences can help you when you are creating your mission statement.  Remember.  It is who you are at your core.  It is how you choose to live your life.  It is what you want other to see.  It is the footprint you leave on this earth.

It may take time and many changes before you figure out your true self.  But getting there is half the fun.  In the mean time,  any mission statement will help you hone in on who you are and what you want to be when you grow up.  And, don’t be afraid to revise it as you go.  This is not written in stone.  This is just a guide to help you live your live in such a way that when you are gone, there will be a hole in the lives of others.  That your footprints are light upon the earth and that the lives you touch are better for it.  And, last, but not least, that your life can be joyous and productive and free from regrets.

Chris

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~ by womenstudycenter on January 19, 2009.

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