How To Create Your Own Personal Mission Statement
Most companies have a mission statement, but why do they have one?
This statement governs what they do, how they accomplish their goals and describes what sets them apart from everyone else.
It’s a roadmap for their business.
Without a mission statement, it’s difficult for those inside and outside the company to know what they’re working towards.
Since companies use this to know what they are working towards, shouldn’t you?
As a job seeker, you also need a personal mission statement.
A statement that clarifies your goals, how you’ll accomplish those goals and defines what qualities set you apart from everyone else.
A personal mission statement is your roadmap.
This statement conveys your personal goals, your career goals, and your character traits. It shows a complete picture of who you are and what you want to accomplish.
Writing a personal mission statement takes time and thought, but it’s important to go through the process of writing one to have a clear understanding of what you want your next job to be. It will help you in designing the career you want.
As you sit down to write your personal mission statement, here are 3 important questions to consider.
1. What is the problem I solve?
Think about your past successes and what you did that made it a success. How did you apply your skills in a unique way? Did you do something that helped someone save time or money?
This isn’t about your skills, but the problems those skills solve. For example, if you implement a file organization system, it solves the problem of important documents going missing or getting lost, not just getting papers off your desk.
2. What are my career goals?
Think about other professionals you admire and their legacies. What did they do to leave the workplace better than they found it? What do you want to contribute to your company, department or industry?
Maybe you want to be the top-performing employee in your department or create a support network for other industry professionals. You decide what you’re working towards daily. If you work in a male-dominated field, your goal may be to find women in similar positions and start a networking group to provide feedback, answer questions and educate other women about industry job opportunities.
3. What are my unique qualities?
Think about the character traits people compliment you most frequently on. How would your co-workers or boss describe you? Are you a great listener? Do you enjoy teaching others?
Again, this goes beyond your skills. This is the value that you bring to the position, why you work the way you do, and how you make decisions.
Once you’ve worked through these questions, read through all your answers. Think about how you can combine them into one statement, which might look something like this:
“My mission is to teach leaders how to embrace the unique skills of each individual so they can create an inclusive and productive work environment. I use my problem-solving skills and value driven approach to impact positive change.”
But don’t get overwhelmed trying to write the perfect mission statement because it isn’t set in stone. Your goals change and you’ll grow and develop with each job, so your mission statement will evolve as well. The most important thing is to write it down and continue to evaluate it.
So the question is...do you have a personal mission statement?
If you don’t, it’s okay. Make the choice to set aside time in your schedule today to think about these questions and get started.
It’s time to focus in on your goals, define what sets you apart and give yourself a roadmap to make it happen.