Whether you’re a mom, a blogger, a wife, or all or none of the above, you can ditch that overloaded to-do list and follow these 3 steps to a personal mission statement.
I’m taking a short blogging break to soak up time with my sweet newborn baby. Things won’t be silent around here, though; I’ve got some awesome bloggers lined up to step in and share some great content. Today, Angela from Setting My Intention is here talking about creating a personal mission statement.
If you’re anything like me, you like to write to-do lists – and even better, you like to cross off items on your to-do list. It’s satisfying knowing that you’ve completed a number of items that needed to get done. If you’re a mom, a wife, a business owner, or any combination of these and other roles, the list could go on and on and on.
Recently though, I’ve had a change of heart in terms of what should be on my to-do list. I’ve taken a step back to write down what my highest priorities are in this current season of life. Taking the time to thoughtfully write these priorities down has changed my lists and how I use my time. This step by step guide on goal planning with intention and purpose has helped me create a personal mission statement for the first time.
3 Steps to a Personal Mission Statement
Step 1: Write down all of your current roles. Now pick the top 5.
My priorities in this current season are:
- My husband and our marriage
- My Children
I value other things, of course, like friendships, service, and maintaining my home, but they aren’t the most important priorities during this current season.
This exercise helped me realize that my priorities are currently skewed. Based on how I currently spend my time, blogging and building up my business are at the top of my priority list instead of my most important relationships.
- Take a minute to write down what your main roles are.
- List them in order of priority.
- What are you top 3-5?
Step 2: Write out your roles in action statements.
My action statements based on my current priorities are:
- I will live as a secure, joyful daughter of God in my heart, my words and my actions.
- I will be fully present in my marriage and family, giving them my best self, not the leftovers.
- I want to live mindfully and purposefully with healthy habits in sleep, movement, and eating.
- I will blog intentionally and with focus.
The action statements expand on how you will live out the roles and priorities that you listed in Step 1.
Step 3: Summarize your action statements in a sentence. Post it somewhere that you can see everyday!
Goals with Grace doesn’t have you do this step, but for me, it’s helpful to have a short mission statement that sums up my action statements. Mine is “Relationships Over Results.”
It is so easy for me to focus on projects and results that I can control and see immediate results. But I know that in the long run, those aren’t my highest priorities. My highest priorities are my relationships with God and my family. Relationships take time and consistent investment without necessarily seeing any results for years.
My mission statement helps me to remember the higher goal and intention of my life. To get step by step guidance on writing your own mission statement, click here.
Angela blogs at Setting My Intention where she focuses on intentional change and developing healthy habits in the midst of the daily demands of life. She hopes to encourage others to join her as she makes small steps to change. She calls herself an aspiring minimalist, hoping to create a peaceful home and a slow schedule for her and her family…eventually.
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Ruthie Gray says
Great post, Angela, on how to write a simple list and prioritize. I’m reading a lot of posts about this today, but this one was the simplest to follow and implement. I like that – that’s what moms need!
Thanks to you both for this post on Tuesday Talk today! Have a great day being INTENTIONAL!!!
Thanks, Ruthie! You’re right- simple to follow is PERFECT.
Kendall Patton says
What a wonderful idea full of direction and intention! I’ve never actually written a mission statement, but I do like to keep certain quotes and things that remind me of what my purpose and my focus are! Right now my focus is on family relationships, blogging/business, and self care. I work towards being intentional in each of these areas every day! 🙂
I love those focus areas, Kendall, and I love the idea of using particular quotes!