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The questions were very helpful, I sometimes felt that I had different answers to different questions though. What are you thoughts? This really worked for me! Thanks for making this available just when the time was right. Your article is very thought provoking.
I have been following this blog. And my thought has crystallized over the years am over 60 thru discussions with my Guru ,reading , and practicing a special spiritual regime which includes meditation. It is absolutely true that no wealth in the world can make you happy.
Money can only provide physical comforts. Happiness is an inner feeling which can only be achieved by questioning in the manner suggested by you,and finding the answers for ourselves. The next step is to decide your goals and then pursue them singlemindedly.
Success will come ultimately. Its only a matter of time ,but the pursuit itself and every step u make shall be utmost pleasurable. Indeed,spirituality is always in pursuit of happiness. And this is what maters in life. Being happy and imparting happiness to others,with no expectation of any return. In the Hindu philosophy and Yoga practice its all about finding this inner peace and ultimate happiness and the Sages have shown the path. May God bless you Tina for this blog and thanks for your writings. That was a really great article and precisely what I needed to work out how to focus on what it is I personally want from my life.
Answering the questions really helped me relate to myself and my own goals again. Thank you so much for your help. Twas awesome. Great exercise! I have been looking for one I could actually do on my own to dig a bit and figure it out. I am a yoga teacher but I have always wanted a little more out of that! Here is what I discovered — My mission is to positively benefit the lives I touch. I will do this by seeking out those that need help and showing support, respect, and care through my words and actions. I finallfy feel like I know myself in this moment then I ever have before.
I can finally sat I trust me, I own me , you are the fire that lot the flame.. Thank You Truly. I just wanted to say this article helped me so much. The feeling I felt after reading it was indescribable but it was mostly joy. It felt great to finally put it into definitive words, Thank you!
Cal wanted to play the game of baseball in such a way that the game would be better because of him. It would be better because of the example he provided other ball players. It would be better because of how fans saw him. It would be better because of the other players he was able to mentor throughout his career.
Along with this goal, Cal had another goal. He didn't want to do anything to jeopardize the game. If he messed up, he wanted to contain his error so as few people as possible would be affected. This is the same way I want to live my life. I want the world to be a better place because of my actions, and because of the impact I have on other people.
Also, on my bad days, where it seems I can't do anything right, I hope I don't mess things up too badly. A simple illustration of this point is that I do not drive when I've been drinking. But, moving back to the larger meaning, I envision myself improving the world thru my relationship with my wife, with my daughters and with my family. I also want to lead by example. I feel a good attitude, whether it is at sports or in the office, is a valuable mentoring device. With that said, I will take the opportunity to act as an example and teach anyone I meet.
I've taught youth league basketball. I've volunteered on numerous organizations and committees. I try to foster good relationship with my friends. Overall, I try to lead a good life. What guides me? I am a rule deontologist. I have a set of rules that I refer to for any decision I make. I find that regardless of how simple the decision, I refer to these rules. I've found this to be a subconscious act. I wasn't even aware I did this until I began analyzing myself as part of this course. I'm constantly review my decisions against my rule set.
This is my interpretation of Divine Command. To me, this doesn't mean follow the rules of the Church, or follow the Ten Commandments. It means that I should try to make decisions similar to those Jesus made. This is an impossible rule to consistently follow, but should be the basis for all my decisions. In other words, for me this rule by itself has consistency and feasibility issues. The remaining rules are needed to fill the gap between this ideal behavior and what's actually realistic. If I can't accomplish rule number 1 and I do end up participate in unethical behavior, I hope that I don't commit any act so repulsive as to loose respect for myself.
While this doesn't provide strict guidelines to follow, its generalizability makes it powerful. I often refer to this rule as the litmus test or tie-breaker concerning difficult decisions. Those without sin can cast the first stone. Don't judge yet thee be judged thyself. Walk a mile in their shoes. All these sayings summarize my 3 rd rule. I try not to judge other peoples behavior and thoughts. I feel that you can never truly know why someone acted as they did, and there is no way to know if you would act differently if you were in the same situation. As a result, don't judge others, because if you judge them you'll act differently and usually less favorably toward them.
Cal Ripken Jr. I feel the same way about life. I want to act in a way that improves society, either by example or action, so the world is a better place after I leave. This is another broad rule that is directly related to rule 6, and supercedes rule 6. I feel there are certain demographics that should be protected and sheltered from the evils of society. I frequently equate this rule to children and the disabled. But I do expand this rule as the situation dictates. For example, if a decision is being made to fire an individual, and that person isn't involved in the discussion, I try to act in a way that provides respect and shelter for that individual.
I also apply this rule to justify minimum wage, workplace diversity, and other questionable societal issues. Freedom of choice is critical, even if that freedom could allow others to hurt you or your loved ones. I think freedom is imperative to society. We need to give people the freedom to act however they like. In some cases, we need to give people the freedom to make tough decisions, knowing that people could disobey these decisions and hurt themselves or society.
While this is a risk, taking away that freedom has a greater loss than living with the possibility of tragedy. I use this rule to justify the existence of companies, products and social causes that I do not agree with. I would rather these products exist than live in a repressive society.
With that said, I think there are certain groups that need to be protected, so laws are required to protect those groups. Laws are required to limit freedom in certain cases. I learned this in college, and it basically went against family values I was taught. I had the option of hiring a lawyer to help me reduce a sentence for a verdict I was guilty of committing. I couldn't see the reasoning behind this. Instead I investigated other avenues and found a rehabilitation program for first-time offenders. This was a culmination of many events that resulted in me adding this rule to the list.
I believe taking responsibility for your actions and failures is essential to development. Trying to get out of trouble usually results in getting into more trouble. It's best to stop the cycle, admit you are wrong and accept responsibility for whatever punishment will follow. This is another simple rule that I use frequently. When truly used, it grows to encompass not only words, but behavior. In fact, it personally has iterated to have nearly the same meaning as treat others the way you'd like to be treated. But for me, the foundation is not to talk or act questionably bad behind someone's back.
I find myself in many situations where I feel pressure or am inclined to break this rule. For this reason, this rule is in my top ten. I interpret this as the decision that seems the best on the surface is usually the best decision. Digging into all possible circumstances and consequences is often wasted effort.
I've found that if you make a decision based on good intentions see rule 10 for possible conflicts things will usually work out for the best. If, unfortunately, unimaginable consequences occur, be flexible to adjust your decision and rational to include this new information. In other words, learn from your mistakes.
I find that I often trick myself into questionable behavior. I often don't question the entire situation, because I'm happy being ignorant of all the implications. This rule could also be stated, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission. Meaning, people are apt to forgive bad decisions if you claim you didn't know what you did was wrong. Regardless of whether you trick yourself or another person does, you should adjust your list of rules as needed. Add, modify, reorganize rules as needed to continue personal growth and help prevent unwanted behavior.
I adjust these rules often. I change their sequence.
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I add and remove rules. I believe I usually alter the rule set in an attempt to resolve consistency issues in my life. As I discussed in my position paper, I was raised in a family that preached similar rules to what I have listed, but practiced deception and exploitation. At times, when I don't reference my rule set, I fall back into exploitation.
At work, I could easily convince myself to go home with office supplies or to lie on an expense report. It's only when I consult my rule set that I realize the inconsistency and stop the behavior. I have to admit, it only takes me a split second to review a decision against my rule set, but I do perform this review.
Again, I didn't even know I was doing it before this class started. It had always occurred subconsciously. At times when I fall back into exploitation, I may find that I add a rule to my top 10 that allows me to perform unethical actions. For example, if I wanted to inflate an expense report, I could alter my rule set to rationalize this behavior. This change would make my action rational, but would create a consistency conflict that would begin to bother me.
I would refer to this conflict as guilt. To remove the guilt, I would end up changing my decision and readjusting my rule set back to one that is both rational and consistent. Given this background, I have to say I struggle with what controls me. The greater good usually prevails, but I am human and I do make poor decisions. In these cases, I would say that power, or egoism, control me. I find this painful to admit, but at these points of weakness they do control me. I usually win, that is why I don't consider myself an egoist. I also know my initial tendency is to exploit.
This also adds to my struggle. I feel I have to change my default decision because my initial thoughts are unethical and exploitive. I find that if I don't refer to my rule set, I can easily make unethical decisions that completely go against the goals I've set for myself.
This is the battle I fight. Ideally I want to be the doting husband. I want to provide the ultimate life for my wife. I want to remove all worries from her life. I want to provide whatever she may desire. In my ideal relationship, my wife and I would take time to discuss the deep philosophical issues we witness in our life daily. I'd want us to hardly disagree on the trivial activities of life.
I'd want to live our lives in a way that our children can tell just by looking at us that we are in love with each other. My actual relationship with my wife is drastically different. We debate the complex issues of life as well as the trivial. At times, we have these debates, or fights, in front of the children.
I rarely spend time with my wife. Time I spend with my wife is not spent doting, or nurturing, or loving. Time spent with my wife is usually spent comparing scorecards we keep on our activities. We compare these scorecards when we argue, because we desperately want to convince our partner to take on more responsibilities. My wife and I are in marriage counseling to help with this. I imagine if things continued down this path, our children would say we love each other but are too caught up in daily life to show each other that love.
My father was a consultant and traveled frequently. He was basically away during the week and busy with chores during the weekend. I knew my father loved me, and knew he showed his love by working so hard; however, I wanted my father to be more involved in my life.
That is the role I want to pay in my daughters' lives. I want to be involved. I want to play with them. I want to help them learn. I want to teach them of the mysteries of life. Since I was a child, I've had a vision of my daughter pointing to a star in the sky and asking me about it. In this vision, I tell her that the star is actually a planet.
I go on to tell her specifics about the planet. She's amazed by how much I know. To her, Dad is a superhero. I do take time to be part of my daughter's lives. I do make time to play with them, and teach them. I consider myself fun. I consider myself a good father. Right now my daughters are too young to point to a star and ask questions. If they did I wouldn't be able to tell them anything about them. I couldn't point out a planet, from a star, from a plane, from a satellite.
My wife and I moved to Oregon, after we got married. We stayed there on assignment for one year. This helped us realize how important family was for us, because neither of us had family on the West coast. We moved back to the Mid West, where our family is located, with the belief we'd take advantage of living so close to family. We said we'd no longer miss the small events of life. We'd make time to be there for all important moments.
We'd be the family members who traveled for Baptisms, weddings, birthdays, etc. In actuality, since we've moved back from Oregon, we routinely decide not to travel due to these obligations. We've missed two Baptisms since we've moved back. We find it extremely easy not to attend less formal family events.
However, once we realize we're ignoring family, we do make the effort to join in. I think part of our missing events is due to our family's current stage. We have a two-year-old and a six-month-old. Given this, I think our lower level of family involvement is somewhat justified. As the children get older, I foresee us traveling to more events. I have a small amount of core friends that I keep throughout life.
To me, these friends are family. I want to be there as a family member would be to my friends. For example, I want to be the friend who helps my friends move, paint, or work on a similar project. I have helped friends move and paint. I believe I am a good friend; however, due to my current family complexity I haven't had as much time for extended family or good friends. I need to spend more time maintaining these relationships as the girls grow up and I gain more free time. I consider myself a loyal employee. Also, I want to act with integrity, even if it may hurt my own career. With this said, I know my family is more important than work.
I do not want to make the same mistakes I feel my father made. I want to have a good work-life balance. I want to be able to leave work for a family emergency. I'd like to be able to take a vacation without calling into a meeting or carrying around a laptop. I think I am a loyal employee. I think I do act with integrity at the office. I have acted in ways that improve the company but hurt my career. Also, I do balance work and life effectively.
I do have moments where I have to call into meetings when I'm on vacation; however, I try to limit this and I do enjoy vacation time. I have to admit that there are times when I let work take control of me. I do find myself working at 1am in the morning. However, I think I quickly recognize when this occurs and I take actions to resolve this conflict.
A few rules summarize my learning style. First, I want to try everything once. Second, I don't judge, unless I want to be judged by others. To me, these rules merge into the perfect learning spirit. To summarize, I think you learn best by experiences. You should try anything once. Also, you shouldn't be arrogant and think anything is above you.
There isn't anything you shouldn't do. For example, an overly masculine individual should try to paint, write, dance, etc. Similarly, a feminine personality should spend a day on the farm, should go fishing, should try to fix a tractor, etc. This is my method for learning. I want to keep trying things. I want to keep learning.
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Through introspection and thru counseling, I've found that I depend on my core group of family and friends for my security. I get this security thru confidence. I get this confidence by succeeding at new situations I place myself into. This is directly related to my comments about learning. I am a pleaser. I need to succeed at events. I also need to witness my success through someone else. I depend on others to rate my performance. I find it is like a mirror. In reality, this means I lack self-confidence. I need someone present to validate my confidence.
As a result of this, maintaining my self-confidence, maintaining my security has been and will continue to be one of the key struggles of my life.
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This is also related to my learning style of trying things. I gain strength and confidence from having accomplished new activities. I draw upon these successes when I have new challenges or new situations I'm presented with. As a result, I feel that I turn challenges into strengths. Digging deeper into this point, I find that I concentrate on a shortcoming or a weakness I have. I eventually attack that weakness head-on, trying new things and putting myself in situations where the weakness is exposed. My goal in doing this is to eliminate the weakness.
I've tried to address a number of weaknesses in my life, from my lack of self-confidence, to talking in public, to questioning power figures, to admitting when I need help. All these are issues I struggled with over my life. I haven't completely addressed each of these issues, but at least I've started attacking them. My mission in life is basically to be a good and honest person. I want to be a good wife, daughter, sister, mother and friend. In addition, I want to be a good employee and have a successful career without ever having to compromise the principles that guide my life.
If I can accomplish my mission, the results may not be tangible, but they will bring me personal satisfaction. The moral values taught to me by my parents and my religion is what guides every aspect of my life. I will never allow ambition for power or money to influence my mission or my daily life if it means that I have to compromise my principles. Spouse: My relationship with my husband is that of a friend. I would like to continue to nurture this relationship with mutual respect and trust, and be supportive of him.
Child: I am expecting our first child in November. I would like to have a relationship with my child like the one I have with my own parents. I want my child to be able to openly discuss any aspect of his life with me.
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I want my child to respect me not out of awe or fear but out of love. In turn, I would like to give my child the respect, trust and friendship that come with unconditional love. Other family members : My relationship with my parents has always been one of admiration and respect. I've always tried to emulate their lives and tried to live by their guidelines. I am not always able to spend as much time with them as I would ideally like due to the geographical distance separating us, but whatever time we get together, I would like to show them how much I love them.
My relationship with my siblings has been one of love and support for each other. I would like to continue to be supportive and let them know that I am always there for them. For me, family is the most important thing in the world. My husband's family is also an important part of my life for the past five years since we've been married. Their outlook to life is a little different from that of me and my family probably due to cultural differences, as my husband and I are from different countries, but I respect their opinions and they have accepted me as I am.
When they are here, I do a lot of things out of respect for them that I normally would not do. I try to make their visits to my home comfortable and enjoyable. Friends: I don't make friends easily. I am a friendly person and have many acquaintances, but only a select few are true friends that I would trust with my life. Once I consider someone a friend, I will go all out for that person.
If they ever need me, I will never think twice about helping a friend. This is however, a fine line, because if a friend asks me to do something illegal or immoral or unethical, then I would have to refuse even if it costs me the friendship. However, I also know that the true friends that I have will never put me in a situation where I would have to choose between them and my principles and that is the reason they are my friends.
Employee: I've always been a loyal and conscientious worker. I've been known to go above and beyond the call of duty. I'd like to continue to work with that ideology, without thinking of what benefits I may get. To me the biggest benefit of being a good worker is my reputation and my credibility. We have great confidence in her judgment. I have refused to recommend friends and family members at times when I felt that they were not a good fit for the job, and have had to face their resentment and displeasure.
But I was not willing to compromise my integrity for the sake of friendship. Learning: I believe that life itself is a learning experience. In addition, to my formal education, which includes pursuing an MBA degree, I am also an avid reader of novels from all over the world.
This exposes me to different cultures and lifestyles. I also like to watch movies from other countries. I occasionally read religious books. I have read the Quran and the Bible as my father is Muslim and my mother used to be a Catholic. Also, having grown up in India , I was also exposed to Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and some other sects.
Exposure to different religions and cultures has made me more open minded and tolerant to diversity. Self Esteem and Security: I derive my self esteem from my family. They have always been incredibly supportive and have always believed in me. They always encouraged me and told me that I could do anything I set my mind to. I derive my security in the knowledge that my family is always there for me, no matter what.
Strength: Although I am not a deeply religious person, I have a strong faith in God and believe that whatever happens to us happens for a reason. In the Holy Quran, it states that God gives each person only as much as that person can bear. It is this belief that gives me strength in the most adverse of situations.
My life's mission is to provide a stable, positive environment that enables my family to grow and prosper. I want to create a legacy for my children to add to and pass along to their children. As humans, we don't live forever. And, for most of us, we won't end up in the history books. However, this doesn't resolve us to be forgotten when the final bell rings. I truly feel that we can live forever in the sense that the generations that come after us will use the lessons and values that we taught them. I feel particularly strong about this belief as a parent.
In order to do this, there are many smaller objectives that I must meet. First, I feel that I need to help them develop their own moral framework from which they will make all decisions, both in business and in life. Second, I feel that I have a responsibility to help them establish a sense of work ethic. Third, I need to give them a sense of self-worth and self-esteem through positive learning. Fourth, I must set a good example when it comes to a stable family environment. Fifth, I need to help them to see the virtue in the never-ending process of learning.
Finally, I feel that I need to instill a sense of discipline that keeps them moving along this path. This list is not all-inclusive; rather, it is the list I am currently working with. If history is a good predictor of the future, I will certainly learn more, and hopefully improve and expand my list of objectives to better accomplish my life's mission.
I feel that I am very fortunate to have a guide to accomplish my life's mission. My guide is not one person or one thing; it is the experiences that I have had, the people that have taught me along the way, and my interpretation of it all that illuminates the path to my future.
The beauty of being an interactive member of society is the exposure to other people, their values, and their experiences. It is comparable to eating at the world's greatest buffet; every ideal, every value, and every experience is there to learn from, but you only have to take away what you choose to. This concept applies to both my professional life and personal life. As a young manager, I always try to adopt good examples of leadership from those around me. As a young parent, I do the same with other parents. The relationship I have with my wife is arguably the most important relationship I am involved in.
It is also one of the most challenging. It is with this person, who is both physiologically and psychologically different, that I must meld with to create the stable environment that I discussed in the first paragraph. Our relationship, apart from our children, is one of unconditional love and respectful compromise. Yet, we can never truly be apart from our children, so our relationship is the flagship of the family's stability. The better we are at working together to make a brighter tomorrow, the more easily we will be able to help our children to become successful.
I see my relationship with my children as the cornerstone of my life's mission. I don't aspire to be in the world's history books. However, I don't think that I'll be a failure for not making my mark on the world; I aspire to simply be a great character in the history of my family.
To accomplish this, I must accomplish all of the objectives set forth at the beginning of this paper. When all is said and done, I don't intend to keep any success secrets to myself; if it has the potential to help out my children, I will pass it on. My function in the relationship is to develop my children, and hopefully propel them to a life even more successful than my own. My relationship with my family is a mix of learning and passing along information.
The relationship is as much a place as it is a thing. I go there to feel the comfort of the group that helped to develop my character. This group continues to provide me with wisdom, and I readily take it. Additionally, I am able to do this with another great group, my family through marriage. This group is where I go to relate common issues, to unwind, and to socialize. I tend to learn a great deal from this group. Most of this group is the same age as my wife and I, and they are constantly facing the same challenges that we are.
It is easy to relate to this group, and friendship comes easily. We often turn to this group for advice on parenting, savings, home improvement, and a vast array of other issues that we come across. Usually, their knowledge is fresh off the chopping block; whereas our parents can give us advice from years ago, this group can give us advice from situations that happened last week. I think my relationship with my employer relies heavily on loyalty and respect. It is not just that I am loyal to my employer; my employer is also loyal to me in the sense that they allow me to maintain a stable family life by providing me with income and benefits.
I feel that my function in the relationship is to do things that make the organization a better place to work, and a better place for customers to come to. Even in uncertain economic times, my end of the relationship doesn't change. Regarding ethics, I feel that I bring a great background through both my upbringing and the career path that I have been on over the past 10 years.
I feel very fortunate to have attended an undergraduate institution that founded itself on integrity, character, and loyalty. For me, there are several different types of learning, and I intend to pursue each of them for as long as I'm able to. As a logistician, on the job training, formal schooling in the form of advanced degrees, and networking with peers are three venues that I use to gain wisdom and knowledge. Outside of work, I tend to learn from all of the groups mentioned above.
Some of this learning takes place formally, but most of it is informal. Without a hint of doubt, the best route for me to continue learning is through astute observation and listening. Many people spend most of their lives talking, and spend little time listening. Years ago, I came across an entertaining quote. Though it has little to do with wisdom, it does hint at the virtue of listening. If I have something good to say, or something of value, I feel that it is important to pass it along.
For the most part, however, I am more interested in what those around me have to say. I won't advance far by re-hashing the thoughts already in my head; in order to learn and grow, I need to find new thoughts, and new thoughts tend to come from the teachings of others.
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