By contributing writer, Victoria
I am a big fan of creating a personal mission statement. Rooted in my priorities based on what I value most, a mission statement guides me. It allows me to evaluate opportunities and to choose with confidence what I say yes to.
I was having a hard time adjusting to that new season and knew I was created for more than just survival mode. So after coming across a blog post about drafting a personal mission statement based on priorities, I set to work thinking through my own.
It was almost as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
A sense of peace and contentment finally filled me. Instead of trying to focus on all the things I thought I should be, I was now only focusing on a few areas that I deemed truly important: my walk with God, my marriage, mothering this precious baby and creating a super, simple home management system to keep the homefront somewhat organized.
From identifying my priorities and creating a personal mission statement, I was able to find balance in my days at home by creating small routines. I wasn’t feeling quite so frazzled and overwhelmed, instead I felt refreshed and focused.
Here I am four years later. My role of motherhood has expanded to three children and in addition to managing my home, I’m also a work at home mama as I write and grow my blog.
My priorities, while still the same, have expanded some as I have new responsibilities.
With this new season also comes time to stop, reflect, reevaluate and revamp my personal mission statement to reflect my current season.
Have you evaluated your own personal mission statement recently?
Better yet, have you ever stopped to create one to begin with?
Having identified my priorities and setting a mission statement not only helps dictate how I spend my time, but it also helps me set goals and make plans for the year. When I sit down to think through the goals I want to tackle in the New Year, I always go back to my priorities based mission statement.
If my goals don’t align, then they either aren’t worth having or something needs to change.
Since I have entered into a new season, I’ve spent some time recently updating my priorities and revamping my mission statement. If you’ve never taken the time to create a mission statement, can I ask what is holding you back? Or maybe you are like me. Is it time to reevaluate because you have moved into a new season?
Creating a new one or revamping an old one doesn’t require a lot of time. Instead commit to setting aside just 30 minutes today, tomorrow or sometime over the next few days to work through this simple process. Grab your journal, some paper, your favorite pens, and your Bible. Arrange some time to be alone or head to a coffee shop and get to work.
List Out Your Priorities & Order Them In Importence
What are the most important things in your life? The areas where you spend the most time and what grabs your attention.
As a woman who embraces Biblical womanhood, my priorities in this current season are:
- Personal health
- Writing and blogging
What are your priorities?
Spend some time in prayer and list out your most important roles and responsibilities in this season of life. Yes, as time goes on your priorities will probably shift, but don’t focus on the future. Keep your eyes on the present.
Take Your Priorities and Write Out Action Statements
Next after you have outlined and ordered your personal priorities, create action statements or descriptive phrases that describe and expand on what your priorities are. These don’t have to be elaborate or complex, but do spend some time in thinking through each statement.
For example, here is my own personal list of action statements based on my priorities above:
- Cultivating a strong and vibrant relationship with the Lord
- Pursuing my husband to build a strong marriage
- Mothering, loving, discipling and investing into my children’s lives
- Creating a haven at home by managing the tasks to keep our home in order and to make our house a home.
- Investing in the health and wellness of myself by eating healthy, exercising, reading and maintaining quality relationships with family and friends
- Writing, blogging and building a small business
As you can see my sentences are descriptive yet concise. They accurately describe my roles and priorities but are still open to build upon as the year goes on.
It would be such a waste to spend time focusing on what you value but don’t keep your list visible or easy to reference.
Write it out on a piece of paper with colorful pens or markers, type them up and create a beautiful print or graphic. Frame it, place it over your desk or in your bathroom where you can see it every single day.
I keep a small list attached to the bulletin board above my desk so I can see it anytime I sit down to plan, write and work. I also keep a list in my home management binder where I goal plan.
Referring to my priority based mission statement often helps me to evaluate how I’m spending my time and reminds me to be intentional.
Finally, share your mission statement with someone you trust and value. For me (outside of sharing it with you all here) I share my list with my husband. He knows me better than anyone else and he also keeps me accountable.
If you’re not married, share with a trusted friend, mentor or family member who will encourage you, pray for and with you, and cheer you on.
And of course you can always share your mission statement here in comments too. I would love to encourage you and pray for you as you seek to be more intentional and focused this year!
Need help creating a mission statement and setting goals?
Sometimes we want to make changes in our lives, but we just don’t know where to start. I know for me, it’s really easy to see all the areas I’m failing miserably. I desire to do what it takes to move in a better direction, but I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of what actually needs to be done.
Basically, I know something needs to change, but I just don’t know where to start.