Day 9 – Vision/Mission Statements

So, have you looked at your vision board today? You’ll want to place your vision board in a place you will see it regularly. It can be near your desk, near your bed so you see it first thing in the morning, in the kitchen where you prepare breakfast, wherever is comfortable for you and where you can recall your dreams and goals and why they are important to you. It’s a visual reminder and something that will eventually become part of your subconscious, you’ll naturally make choices throughout your day that are in line with what you truly desire in your life.

By now, you might be noticing some common themes throughout the different areas of your life, maybe family is really important to you, maybe 80% of what you do and desire is related to animals, maybe you love teaching and guiding others on their path, maybe you notice that most of what you love or want to do is independent and on your own, or maybe you notice that you want to do is very interactive with other people. Whatever those things might be, they can become part of your own, personal mission statement, or part of your own affirmations.

Let’s read back through our notebook sections again – as you read through each section, consider what you could write as a vision statement, mission statement, or even simply one or two affirmation statements. Write something for each section. Of course, as you are reading and thinking, you may have additional thoughts – write those down! This is YOUR 12 day life appraisal – your LIFE. If this is a tough assignment, try creating just one overall statement about you.

For example, if you have a work/career section, and you desire to move up in the company, an affirmation statement could be “I am a productive Sales Manager. My team’s sales are in the top 10 nationally for our company.”

A personal mission statement can be anything – short or long. It just has to represent you and your goals and desires. Country Singer Naomi Judd’s personal mission statement is short and sweet: “Slow down. Simplify. Be kind.” (from interview with Elizabeth Simpson)

Mahatma Ghandi wrote:

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering”

Some vision and mission statements have universal impact and meaning. We all know Martin Luther King’s famous vision, “I have a dream.” John F. Kennedy Jr. envisioned a man on the moon at a time when not many believed that to be possible. Vision statements do not have to make sense in the moment – that is why they are called “visions.” If you currently you struggle to even close a sale, but you see yourself as a sales manager, you can write “I am a productive Sales Manager.”

Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer, simple business vision statement, “Start a revolution in the way the average person processes information,” has made such a big impact in our world.

Your vision/mission statements and your personal affirmations may not include the entire world, but it is YOUR world. You are as important as anyone else – we all impact our world in more ways than we even realize. Your statements and affirmations are important in creating and living a life you love and being happier today. 🙂

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