A personal mission statement, that is. I am a long-time Stephen Covey believer. I wrote my first personal mission statement in college, when it probably read something like, “To balance time in the bar with studying in such a way that I don’t flunk out of college and disgrace myself.”
Well, that’s probably how it read before my first Yoga class, anyway.
In any case, a personal mission statement should communicate the essence, or guiding purpose, of who you are and what you are all about. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been cleaning out files on my computer and I came across the mission statement I wrote for myself right before Clara was born and I thought I would share it with you all.
To lead a spiritually fulfilling life centered in integrity, service to others, personal excellence, and continual growth/learning. Remembering always to strive for my highest mental, physical and spiritual health, in order to be present, clear, and awake to divinity- in myself, those whom I cherish most, and those who are just passing through. To that end, I will work toward turning my all too human weaknesses into strength, that I may be a shining example of a life well lived.
I consider a mission statement to be the ultimate intention. The intention that guides all other intentions. It’s powerful to have one, especially if it’s somewhere you see it and read it often (unlike me!). Do you have one? Plan to write one? If you do, I would love to hear about it!