What is your personal mission? What do you stand for? Believe in? What is your purpose for existence? Where are you going and what will you accomplish?  Who will you impact? How will you impact?  A clear vision of your mission will give you guiding principles to determine if your life is in alignment with your vision, mission and goals, or if you are distracted and off course.  Stephen Covey noted in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “If you don’t set your goals based upon your Mission Statement, you may be climbing the ladder of success only to realize, when you get to the top, you’re on the WRONG BUILDING.”

One of the most powerful tools to help you create a balanced, fulfilling life is to draft a personal mission statement.  Why? Because a mission statement is both a road map and a measuring stick.  An effective mission statement helps you chart a course and design a fulfilling, authentic life of purpose.  When designed around your unique skills and talents to pursue your passions, it will provide focus, direction, and accountability.  Your mission statement helps you focus your time on what is most important in your life and release anything that doesn’t further your purpose, which results in more balance in your life.

A mission statement should be as unique as the individual creating it.  There is no “one-size-fits-all” mission statement. It should be empowering and inspiring. State it, declare it, in the present tense.  It should represent the fulfillment of your unique gifts, skills and talents. I prefer a mission statement that is distilled down to one declarative sentence that represents the essence of your mission. A statement you can memorize and easily share with others in one simple breath. It has a powerful punch and one that you can hit “reply” to run through your mind on a continuous loop.

There’s no time like the present to create, or update, your personal mission statement.  Let’s get started.

First, create a list of things that are most important to you in your life.

Look at your how you live your life right now – do you prioritize your life around the items listed above?  Why? Why not?

Identify the role models in your life.

Why did you select these role models – what characteristics do they have that you respect?

Do these characteristics belong in your mission statement?

When you look at your life, what were your greatest moments of happiness and fulfillment?

What activities do you most value in your life?

Identify your unique talents and skills

How can you use your skills and talents to best contribute to the world?

After having considered all of the above, it’s time to draft your personal mission statement.  Have some fun with it – draw it in colors or markers, put it on color paper, add pictures or photos.

I’ll share mine as an example:

Joan Jakel mission statement

I empower & inspire others to believe in the power of their dreams and help them manifest their dreams into reality. It’s one sentence, it’s powerful, it defines my personal and business mission, all in one.

Once you have created your mission statement, make sure you display it in a place of prominence. Keep it in front of you to remind you of what’s important in your life. Memorize, declare it and share it with others. Share it with us in a comment below. And most importantly, fully live your life in accordance with it and share your magnificent gifts with the world.