Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt like you didn’t even recognize the person staring back at you?
Exactly one year after I gave birth to our third baby, that happened to me. I went through an insane identity crisis.
I spent the last few years raising three under three while supporting my husband through a very demanding lineman apprenticeship program.
The term “I lost myself” was an understatement.
I started and ran two successful mlm businesses during that time which were very beneficial to our family. But that summer everything shifted.
I ended up closing my businesses and decided to start a blog because I knew I had a message I wanted to share and I knew I wanted to earn an income from home but I had no idea what my “brand” was or what I wanted to write about.
I quickly pieced together a little blog, wrote a few posts, then lost motivation because I just couldn’t get clarity. I felt so stuck. I felt lost.
For six months I pulled out of almost all my social media channels and spent time praying for direction and listening to endless books, sermons, and podcasts.
I stumbled on an article about creating a personal mission statement and I was completely obsessed with the idea.
Creating my own became my top priority.
I gave it some thought for a few days and decided to start writing.
1) I prayed about every single item on the list
2) I based it off of biblical principles
I worked on that list for over a month and it has been an ongoing process.
But since I took the time to define what I wanted for my life, it makes it so much easier to set my priorities.
But first, let’s take a moment to define what a personal mission statement.
A personal mission statement defines who are as a person and what your core values are. We all have them but there is power in taking the time to identify, prioritize, and write them down.
Once you’ve taken the time to create a personal mission statement, it will help guide you to aim for a higher purpose.
Your mission statement should include but is not limited to…..
- Core values and passions
- Your unique gifts
- Your personality traits
It doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. I recommend keeping it to 10 items or less.
How To Write A Personal Mission Statement
Although a personal mission statement shouldn’t be very long, it’s important that you take your time in developing it.
Each item should have a specific purpose.
First, identify your values by asking yourself these questions….
- What Is Most Important To You
- How To You Want To Influence People
- What Do You Want To Be Remembered For
- What Would Your Best Self Look Like
- What Are Some Struggles You Have Overcome?
Second, Determine Your Purpose By Answering The Questions Below…..
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What are you naturally good at
- What is something you could talk hours about
- What is a positive attribute that many people have complimented you on?
- What are you passionate about?
Third, Craft A Missions Statement
After answering all the questions above, sum them up in a sentence or bullet points. Whichever you prefer.
Lastly, Define Specific Goals
Once you have identified your core values and established a purpose for your life, you can begin to set goals that align with said values and purpose.
You will find that it is much easier to stay motivated when your goals are in alignment with your core values.