A couple years ago I was scouring the internet for articles about how to find your purpose or mission in life. I know it’s such a loaded topic but I was really struggling to feel useful and purposeful, especially without having work that I go to each day. So many people associate their work with themselves but what are you supposed to do when you don’t have that? What if you’re just depressed much of the time? I was wondering if I still had anything to give to the world.
Maybe you have felt this way, especially around this time of year when everyone is posting all their joy filled moments from the past year and all that they look forward to in 2019. It can be nauseating if you are not feeling that same joy but instead feel like a big failure….at everything.
I came across the Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder located here. You may know the name Franklin Covey from their line of planners, but they also help organizations with leadership and training and methodology. One of their foundational beliefs is that “people are inherently capable, aspire to greatness, and have the power to choose”.
I chose to create the Personal Mission Statement but there are also options for a Family Mission Statement and a Team Mission Statement. You can also do an exercise that will help you discover your values and principles. On the Log In page (after you click on Personal or Build Yours Now) simply add your name and email address, and for title you can just select ‘Other’. Then it takes you through a series of ten topics or questions that you just plug your answers into. Some examples are Performance, Passion, Talents, Imagination, Vision, etc. The questions are very simple and you just add whatever comes to mind first. They will also give you some prompts or ideas. If you’re stuck on one you can just leave it blank for now. Some might require more thought than others. At the end it will put your answers into a full mission statement.
You have now created a personal mission statement that reflects YOU and what kind of life YOU want to live. It goes something like this:
- I am at my best when….
- I will try to prevent times when…..
- I will enjoy my work by…..
- I will find opportunities to….
- I can do anything I set my mind to….
- My life’s journey is one of…..
- I will be a person who touched the lives of others by…..
- My most important future contribution to others will be….
- I will stop procrastinating and start working on….
- I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life…
- I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life….
Remember, the tool helps you come up with most of these answers! Don’t feel like you are just coming up with all of these out of thin air. That would be a lot of pressure.
You can keep refining your statement over time since your goals and dreams may change. But as the last screen points out, change means growth. You can even condense your statement into just a few main sentences or a short paragraph if that works better for you. Copy and paste the full statement into your own document but also be sure to click “email mission statement” on the final step of “Live Your Mission” to have a backup. You may want to change the grammar around a little bit, depending on how you answered but that is very easy. You might also have to delete any extra punctuation.
I first created mine a couple years ago but I revisit it every six months or so to see if I want to change anything. And now I look back at it as a guide or road map of sorts. When I feel like I’m not going anywhere or have anything to do or be, I look back at this and am reminded that I do matter, I do have goals, and I do have something to live for, even if these things would seem too small or insignificant for someone else. This is about me, after all. These are things that I did not realize on my own until I went through this mission statement builder. Sometimes you just need a little help or a little push or a new way of looking at things. And since I have grown even more in my faith, I realize I always have Jesus to live for. I know I belong to Him and with that comes an ultimate purpose and direction – to live in freedom and service for Christ. How can I let my light shine? How can I be the salt and the light? How can I evangelize to others? No matter how down I ever feel, I know I will always have a mission as a follower of Christ! Now all of that is part of my personal mission statement.
Everyone’s mission statement will be different. And you do not have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to. You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone. (Although, if you’re in therapy, sharing this with your therapist would be great so he or she can help you “live your best life.”)
Build your statement and feel proud of yourself! Thinking about all this can be a little mentally exhausting so take frequent breaks if you need to. If you are feeling down about New Year’s or feel pressured to come up with resolutions…don’t be! Just be yourself. Search inside yourself through this simple tool and feel good about heading into the new year with a new frame of mind. It’s a new year full of new possibilities.
Once again, the Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder Website can be located here. As always, I welcome your feedback!