Have you got your personal mission statement?
No? Go and make it!
Yes? When did you review it last time? The good answer is: “today”.
PMS is not the certificate of accomplishment to be put into the drawer. It suppose to be your lens, starting point, the source of focus.
I made my PMS at the beginning of November 2012. I meditate upon it every day. I recorded it and I listen to it almost everyday, usually several times a day – while doing shopping, cleaning, making meals, commuting.
And it works.
I’m doing things I had never done before. I’m thinking and acting in a way I didn’t. And from time to time, when facing a tough decision, I hear the words of my personal mission statement in my head.
Affirmations are good, but PMS is better. Those are my words, describing my mission, my life purpose. I have no internal reservations listening to them, repeating them. They are never boring or unmeaning to me. I’m never tired of them.
Four months passed since I’ve written my PMS. I’m looking forward with hopeful anticipation, thinking about my life in one, two, five years under personal mission statement direction.
Few words of advice: you don’t need to hurry while making PMS. It has not to be perfect or beautiful, short or long. It has to be YOURS.
Personal mission statement is personal. Every single one is unique. There are some people who have just one sentence. Mine PMS has about 1300 words.
The short receipt for making personal mission statement is: examine yourself to the verge of insanity, and write everything down.
Below some helpful techniques. The list is not complete, there is infinity of ideas for self-examination. It’s just some things I did and found them useful.
1. NLP technique called “the core transformation”. It is supposed to help in finding motivation for achieving your goals, but I found it very helpful in expanding my vision. You are starting from any goal.
Imagine you achieved your goal definitively and absolutely. What this achievement gives you, which is even more wonderful than your goal?
And again what it gives you?
For example. Your goal is to earn $100 000 a year. Imagine you are earning this sum, what it gives you, which is even more wonderful?
You answer: I can quit my job and spend more time with my family.
Imagine you quit your job and spend more time with your family. What it gives you, which is even more wonderful?
Your answer: Well, I can help my friends now, take care of their kids, when they are at work, organize sport tournaments for kids…
And so on, and so on. The string of questions leads you to the point, where the world is really perfect. Nothing can give you “even more wonderful experience”.
Two reminders. Imagine, means really imagine. Try to see output of every question in your mind. And write down every answer!
I did that exercise in a train on my way home from work. So I think (as with any activity) the only bad way to do it, is to don’t do it at all. Any other way is a good one ;)
2. Imagine your funeral and write down an eulogy. What your friends will say? Your workmates? Your family?
3. Study your important lecture – I don’t know what’s important for you – it can be your diary, the Bible, personal development book which influenced you most, letters from your spouse or parents, favorite poem.
4. Recall important moments from your past. Moments of biggest pain, greatest love feeling and so on. Examine those moments and ask yourself questions. What I want to become? What I want to avoid? Why I felt such feelings then? And a hundred more questions you can think of.
What else? Whatever method you choose – write like crazy. I have about 5-8 pages of raw material handwritten from this process.
You can find the expert advise about creating personal mission statement in “7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey.