This post is a continuation of an earlier article: Do you have PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT? Read more: http://www.tinyurl.com/kt8fpzf. This post become necessary due to demand from my subscribers especially from one of my Aunt.

There is no wrong or right way to write a personal mission statement. A personal mission statement “provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose.” It helps define “who you are and how you will live.” It is a guide to help you down the road of life. If it’s meaningful to you, then that’s all that matters, after all, you’re going to be living by it.

The following are 5 notches that would aid in writing your personal mission today:

1) Brainstorm .Try to understand the person you are . Figure out your values and other important aspects of yourself. To get the brainstorm process started, here are some
questions to ask yourself. While your brainstorm, make lists or write out descriptions.

*What are your values? Do you believe in honesty, justice, kindness, and. self-reliance?

*Who has inspired you? Do you want to have qualities similar to those folks? Figure out what those qualities are and list them.

*What big events impacted your life? Reflect on these big moments and the lessons you learned from them.

*What do you love about your life? Your work? Your family, friends, and other relationships?

*When are you at your best? Your worst? What would you like to improve about yourself? What would you like to share with others?

*If you had unlimited resources and unlimited time, what would you choose to do?

*What promises would you make to yourself?

2) Write your first draft. Let your pen scrawl across the paper without worry for smooth, fancy sentences. Write things that come to mind easily. Check your brainstorm lists as needed. Be honest with yourself. The more honest you are with yourself, the stronger and more applicable your statement will be.

3) Write your second or third drafts as neeeded . With each draft, become more sophisticated in your writing, style, or craft form.

4) Sign it. At the bottom, put your signature.

5) Mount the statement. Frame it on your wall, bedroom door, refrigerator, office–anywhere that you frequently see. This way, you can constantly be reminded of your values and follow your desired path.

N.B.
Relax. Writing a personal mission statement may seem like a daunting and intimidating task. If a “personal mission statement” sounds too heavy, call it something else: a guide, a statement of intent, a quest, a declaration of your wonderfulness.

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

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