Personal Mission Statements — Start Young for Massive Success!
They don’t teach this valuable tool in school!
There are so very many things they don’t teach you in high school. In a new book called EmpowerMe: Life Skills 101, author Joe Villmow writes a guide for teenagers who are wanting to learn about success, failure, business, mission statements, networking, how to find a mentor, and more.
What is a mission statement and why do you need one, especially as a teen?
Well, Villmow says that many student and adults alike don’t realize how important it is to write a personal mission statement. Since it is more than just general goals, but really clarifies and defines your priorities, goals, and how you live your life. You must first ask yourself what your life’s mission is, possibly including goals over time and plans for your future.
Stephen Covey, author of the bestselling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” says, “A mission statement is not something you write overnight…but fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.”
Though you don’t achieve goals simply by writing them down, Villmow talks about using your priorities, goals, and plans to craft a mission statement which then becomes an outline for how you attack life. You use it to create action plans and figuring out what steps you need to take to fulfill it.
Just like a corporation has a mission statement that tells the world what their plans are and how they want to act, your personal mission statement is the first step to achieving your goals. After all, admitting what you want and writing it down is such a concrete way to get clear on exactly what you want!
Entrepreneur.com defines a mission statement as “ A sentence describing a company’s function, markets and competitive advantages; a short written statement of your business goals and philosophies . A mission statement defines what an organization is, why it exists, its reason for being.”
For companies, a mission statement is incredibly important for defining their goals and philosophies, and having an individual mission can help you define, clarify, and live by your own goals, too. Check out these 12 inspiring mission statements from different companies around the world that Hubspot pulled together to see more examples.
Villmow says to periodically review and update your mission statement to help remind you what you want and focus yourself on how to achieve it. And don’t forget to allow for change and adapting to new goals, and including new ones into your statement over time.
The author wants young people to learn how to use these types of adaptive strategies to set themselves up for success early in life. Villmow discusses how having a personal mission statement, which he first created in the seventh grade, helped him focus his goals and learn strategies to overcome dyslexia to later graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from his dream school. He continues to use a personal mission statement and adapt it to new goals annually.
Have you ever created a mission statement for yourself or your company? How has it affected your company’s growth and how you function?