Now put it all together – your results, your purpose, and your values – to create your own personal mission statement. Experiment with the order and level of detail, using the samples above as a reference.

A simple way to start would be as follows:

“My mission is to (Result) in order to (Purpose) through (Values).”

Adapting Stephen R. Covey’s mission statement, we would have:

“My mission is to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth in order to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and living principle-centered leadership.”

Come up with a couple of variations and set them aside for a day or so. Then come back and see if any of them stand out. Read them out loud. Feel free to ask for outside opinions if you can’t decide which one you like best, but make sure you’re asking the right people. Don’t let other people’s opinions sway you away from anything that really resonates with you – or into something that doesn’t.

The bottom line is that your personal mission statement should be something you can picture yourself saying, with conviction, to both people you know and people you don’t know.

Once you’ve made your final decision, type it up in your word processing software and enlarge the font so it takes up the whole page, then print it out and post it wherever you spend a lot of time: by your computer, on the fridge, even in your car. Put a smaller copy in your wallet. Have a custom T-shirt made at CafePress. Write it on the cover of your notebook or journal.

Reminding yourself every day of “What you aim to do, Why, and How,” will help you stay on track, and stay motivated.

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