How to Write a Personal Mission Statement

Wondering how to write a personal mission statement? Read on to know some mission statement samples and also some tips on how to write one.
'Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering'.

- Mahatma Gandhi

What exactly is this mission statement? Well.. it's just as simple! A statement and nothing else. Given below are: steps you need to follow while writing a mission statement; some examples, and also some tips on writing one. A personal mission statement is a promise you make to yourself while deciding your targets and goals and how you plan to achieve them. It's a very good self motivation technique and also a constant reminder to make you concentrate better on your goals and aims.

Writing a Personal Mission Statement

Know Your Goals: Perhaps one of the most important things to know while you are learning how to write this statement is 'goal setting'. Setting your goal is a very important thing you need to do as you should know where you want to reach. It's just like deciding the direction in which you want to travel and moreover your destination. Determine your goal(s) and see if they are realistic goals by contemplating more over them.

Know Your Abilities: Knowing your abilities is more important than you think it is. Just like you try to know and find out your abilities, also try to find out your weaknesses. If there is something that might stop you in the process of achieving your goal, you must know of it to tackle it well. Abilities are like your personal resources and there should always be maximum optimization of these. You will eventually understand the importance of personal mission statement in career goals when you write one.

Know Your Principles: Principles are again like conditions put forward while trying to achieve your goal. There are some ways you may not take and some you might. To know what is acceptable to you and what is not, it is very important to determine your principles and personal values. These do not seem so important, but trust me they are. Whatever defines or helps in deciding your way to achieve your goal is important.

Examples of Personal Mission Statements

Here are a few mission statement examples that might help you while writing your own statement. You can also search on the Internet for templates and make one similar to those. Mostly all the statements are same in their patterns, just the wordings will change according to the goals set. Here are a few..

I have a dream. It is to see myself reaching the heights of my profession by this decade using whatever skills and values I possess.

I have to start my own boutique in the next 2 years using my designing skills and my knowledge of creating clothes like no other.

To be known by the rich and poor and every man who lives on this earth as a determined and successful man who created his own future.

My mission is make this world a place of justice and equal opportunity for the poor and to strive for the upliftment of the masses.

My aim is to teach everyone who wants to learn using the knowledge I have gained in so many years and the patience I pray for everyday.

Now that you know how to write a personal mission statement, don't waste any more time and get down to writing your own. It is not that difficult, is it? This statement will be a constant reminder of what you have decided and will keep you going even through the tough times. So don't waste any more time and write yours now.
By Neha Joshi
Published: 11/2/2010
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