GTGMT #9 – Powerful Vision and Mission Statements
Are you wanting to get crystal clear on your life’s purpose? The first place to start is your life’s mission statement. Think of your mission statement as a general statement encompassing your reason for existence-in other words, a broad statement of what you hope to accomplish. It does not include the distinctive ways that you intend to accomplish your purpose; that will be articulated in your vision statement.
Developing a mission statement for your life; as well as your business is important. When you take the time to think about your mission, identify where you are right now and where you want to go in the future. Understanding your mission will set you on the path to fulfillment in life and in business.
What is a Mission Statement?
A mission statement is a short description of what you want to accomplish. It can be as simple or complex as you like, but simple is best. Be razor-sharp with your focus to get the best results from your mission statement.
You can create a mission statement for your personal life, business, ministry or career. There may be times when your personal mission and business mission are intertwined. Your life’s mission will fuel or give you the necessary direction to make your business/ministry/career mission achievable. When the two missions are connected like that, it is relevant and adds value to not only your life, but to the people around you and the people you serve in business/ministry/career.
A great example of this would be a person who opens a non-profit organization. They have an authentic need to help others. This is their driving passion, and you can see it demonstrated throughout their life, not just in business. These are people you will see constantly serving, sacrificing for others and looking for ways to bless others. In their hearts they know the only way to fulfill their God-given desire to help people is to do it full-time. Their personal lives and business life mission connects.
As you start creating your mission statement consider what your vision for the future is. Think about what type of person you want to be in life. Consider the resources that God has given to you to help you achieve this vision.
Resources can be in the form of spiritual gifts, personality, natural abilities, interests, or experiences in life. Think about how these resources can help you define a clear vision for your life, both personally and professionally.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6
Getting It Together Assignment: What vision for your life do you feel God has placed in your heart?