“The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.
Because each individual is unique, a personal mission statement will reflect that uniqueness, both in content and form.
The (US) Constitution has endured and serves its vital function today because it is based on correct principles, on the self-evident truths contained in the Declaration of Independence. The principles empower the Constitution with a timeless strength, even in the midst of social ambiguity and change. ‘Our peculiar security,’ said Thomas Jefferson, ‘is in the possession of a written Constitution.’
A personal mission statement based on correct principles becomes the same kind of standard for an individual. It becomes a personal constitution, the basis for making major, life-directing decision, the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives. It empowers individuals with the same timeless strength in the midst of change.”
My personal mission statement, not in priority order:
-Support others in accomplishing their potential
-I am wealthy in my friends
-Help solve problems, at all levels of responsibility
-Be a team player
-Use common sense
-Use effective interpersonal skills
-Be an effective leader
-Make things happen-get things done
-I need and desire Heavenly guidance
-Live life with the end in mind
“People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.
With a mission statement, we can flow with changes. We don’t need prejudgments or prejudices. We don’t need to figure out everything else in life, to stereotype and categorize everything and everybody in order to accommodate reality.
Once you have that sense of mission, you have the essence of your own proactivity. You have the vision and the values, which direct your life. You have the basic direction from which you set your long- and short-term goals. You have the power of a written constitution based on correct principles, against which every decision concerning the most effective use of your time, your talents, and your energies can be effectively measured.”
My mission/philosophy/creed statements have changed over time, but my principles and values have not. Looking back at earlier statements I wrote I find the basic “thread”, a foundation. Have I “lost my way” at times? Yes, and those times are a reminder that there has to be a firm foundation, or being “lost” will be a permanent condition.
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