On Tuesdays I write about Living my Legend. This section is inspired by The Alchemist and is an account of my journey of living my potential.
Values to mission statement
Last week I wrote about my five personal core values. These values are the things I want to experience in my life. They are the foundation for a mission statement for my life, a timeless translation of who I am and what I want to experience in my life. It gives a sense of direction, quite like a compass, when faced with difficult decisions.
My five personal core values need to be reflected in my mission statement. They are what I want to experience, so if I make a compass to guide me, I should use these values to direct me in the right direction. In the article about my values I already gave away some hints as to how the values give me energy:
- I need love and have a lot of love to give
- I’m here to have lots of fun
- Freedom is a value that’s really strong within me
- The things I do, think and say are in connection with who I am
- I aim for growth in most aspects of my life
Writing the mission statement
These parts need to be combined into a short, bold mission statement. Short because it needs to be easy to remember. Bold because it describes who you are and what you want to experience and most of the people haven’t reached this yet. So it’s perfectly acceptable to put ambition into the mission statement. There are more guidelines to make a mission statement, like it cannot contain dependencies and you should avoid vague wish-words (like want, aim, seek and so on).
The process of sculpting the mission statement is a creative process. Take some parts, make phrases, shuffle them around, combine them, erase parts and so on. There’s no science in this, it needs to be a statement that feels right and has the right words in the right places for you. It may need to mature over several weeks, write a version, let it rest for a week and look at it again. Sculpt some more and let it mature again. It may take a couple of weeks, but it should feel right.
I’ve undergone this process already, so I can present you my mission statement here:
I, Lodewijk van den Broek, love life and have a lot of love to give. I enjoy authentic growth and I help others to grow. I’m here to have lots of fun and enjoy my freedom in comfort and vitality.
So there it is, this is my mission statement. My guide to positive energy. Quite an accomplishment already, but I’m not done yet. This still is pretty high level. To make it usable on a day-to-day basis, I need to translate this into guidelines and goals. I’ll work through that in another post.