You don't need a listing on the NASDAQ to have a mission statement. A personal mission statement focuses on what you want to be and do. And the sooner you have one, the more effective you’ll be in your life.
Create your own personal mission statement using these four steps, recommended by Stephen R. Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook:
Step 1: Brainstorm ideas. Write about the topics below without stopping, jotting down the first words that come to mind. (Don’t worry; this won’t be your final draft.) Spend two or three minutes on each:
A. Identify someone who had a positive influence on your life. What are the qualities you most admire in that person, and what qualities did you gain from that person?
B. Imagine it’s 20 years in the future. You’ve achieved everything you wanted. What have you accomplished?
C. What are the 10 things that are most rewarding to you today? What do you love in life?
Step 2: Give yourself some time away from what you’ve written.
Step 3: Review what you wrote. Circle key ideas or words you’d like to include in your mission statement.
Step 4: Begin a rough draft of your mission statement, using those circled words. As the week goes on, make additions and changes—or start over—if you need to. Tip: If the words overwhelm you with emotion and excitement, you’re on the right track.
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