Make Your Dreams a Reality With a Mission Statement
By MELISSA LINDSAY FREEDMAN
We all have dreams, desires and visions for our lives. The one thing that successful celebrities and CEOs know is that you must see your life as a brand. Living your life like a brand means working toward a goal. The best way to stay focused on your goal is to craft a personal mission statement. A mission statement is a key sentence that defines your values and helps you form the vision for your life.
Here are three steps to get you started on your own mission statement:
1. Envision Your Life
In order to maximize your personal mission statement, you must first start with an understanding of where you are now, then define the vision of where you want to be at the pinnacle of your life. Some questions to ask yourself:
* What does my life look like now?
* What does my typical day look like?
* What have I accomplished?
Once you have answered these essential questions, list specific elements about your life, for example:
* What kind of car you drive
* Where you live
* What kind of work you do
* How many hours you work
* Who you surround yourself with
* Your relationship status
* Your family status (have kids/no kids/want kids)
* The type of clothes you wear
* What you think of your body
* What you do in your spare time
2. Define Your Values
Creating a clear vision of your desired outcome will allow you to outline your values. Prioritize the elements of your life, such as family, work or fun. Now it's time to make a list of your personal values.
Outlining whether you want to progress in your career, get married or have children is crucial because now you can map the steps that you are taking to reach your desired outcome.
3. Write Your Mission Statement
As I mentioned above, many celebrities, CEOs, businesses and brands have mission statements to keep them focused on their intentions. Oprah Winfrey's personal mission statement is: "To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be."
Virgin Group (Virgin Airlines, Virgin America and more) founder Sir Richard Branson's mission statement is: "To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes."
The most important part of writing a mission statement is to keep your values and goals in mind. Choose the top one or two values to develop and work them into your daily life. A mission statement should be concise and meaningful to you. Write it, review it and revisit it. That's how you get the best and most personally meaningful vision.
Finally, put your mission statement somewhere you can always see it. Tape it to your bathroom mirror or onto the back of your bedroom door. Keep it in your wallet. Review your mission statement every day and treat it like a personal mantra.
Readers -- Had you heard of this idea of creating a personal mission statement before? Would you try creating one? Do you think it would be helpful? Do you have a personal mission statement? If so, what is it? Have you used these tips to define your own vision? Do you see your life as your personal brand? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Melissa Lindsay Freedman is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her clients range from entertainment professionals to entrepreneurs. Her brand, Cleanse Chick, helps individuals break free from old habits in order to create a healthy, happy and fulfilling life in a fun and entertaining way.