My mission is to empower others to do what they love for a living and for life by using my unique professional and personal perspective, career experiences, teaching, business and counseling skills, compassion, my network, and especially a strong desire to see others achieve joy in their career and life. I am further committed to providing career direction to all ages from teens to retirees on an on-going basis in business and educational settings and to give back to my community and the world by using my gifts and talents in the manner and capacity that the world needs now and that I enjoy, in a group, individual, corporate or non-profit setting.
The significance of creating a Mission Statement is to clarify who we are – our core values, interests, goals, philosophy and purpose, our potential employers and/or customers. Sounds like a big order. Yet, you can see how mine is one paragraph, and contains a huge chunk (so to speak) of who I am. As I’ve said before, I’ve always been mission-oriented, so this particular exercise comes easily to me. If it’s not something you’ve considered doing before, there are many reasons to consider doing so now, if only as a gauge or compass for your career. And it can be broken down into smaller pieces by using Richard Bolles’ definition:
“To exercise the talent(s) that you particularly came to earth to use – your greatest gifts that you most delight to use,
In the place(s) or setting(s) that God has caused to appeal to you the most,
And for the purposes that God most needs to have done in the world.”
If we break this down, we can see that the key elements are YOUR TALENTS (skills) that you LOVE to use; WHERE you would like to use them the most – including both geographical setting and work setting or environment; and for the betterment of humankind or where you can make the most difference. When we put all of these together, we will see that when we are doing what we love, we are actually doing the work that is for the betterment of humankind. Why? Because folks who love their work tend to do a better job AND make a real difference. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone understood and lived their true purpose? The Mission Statement is thejust the beginning.
There are many examples available via the internet – http://www.missionstatements.com – that can help you develop your own. Why not get started. Try printing it on beautiful paper, frame it and hang it up in your office, so it doesn’t get lost, hidden and collecting dust, but will truly serve to guide you. Have your kids write theirs too. Most of all HAVE FUN!!