As a business student, one thing that is taught in class is the need for every company to have a clear mission statement. A mission statement might define the primary customer demographic or region or industry of the company, but more importantly it defines their unique reason of existence. A justification to be in business.
Usually the mission statements are tight and concise, here are some examples of mission statements
LinkedIn Mission Statement
“To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”
Amazon Mission Statement
“To be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices.”
Alibaba Mission Statement
“To make it easy to do business anywhere.”
I was intrigued by a fellow finance blogger‘s conviction to create a personal mission statement. It got me thinking – what is my goal, why am I here. If a mission statement defines what a company strives to do, than a personal mission statement should do the same. Before I was able to determine what I strive for, I needed to get a grasp of what my role(s) are on this earth.
Who am I?
As a Christian a lot of my identity and purpose is explained in the Bible. My role as a follower of Jesus is ultimately the only thing that counts. My identity is firmly defined by what God has done for me first. On top of being a believing Christian, I have many other facets to my existence. I am a:
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All of the above roles inform my purpose – my personal mission.
My personal mission statement
The statement below is probably not set in stone, but I doubt it will change significantly:
I want to honor God with my life by loving my wife well, by raising kids that are people lifters. I want to be a good steward of the resources that have been entrusted in me and be a caring friend and neighbor.
There it is – nothing radical, just a simple statement to live by and guide me when I feel overwhelmed by the daily grind. Kind of like a lighthouse in a stormy sea.
If you know the Bible you will realize, that much of my statement is a mirror to the famous passage in the Gospel of Matthew:
Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’Matthew 22:37-39
My wife and I have done this exercise for our family in the past, rather than an overarching short statement, we tried to dig a bit deeper and define our convictions in different areas of family life. I might share it with y’all at a later point in time…
Give me some feedback
Have you ever thought about putting together a mission statement for yourself and/or your family?