FOR WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT
THEIR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IS
THEIR PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
A personal mission statement describes how you see yourself in the future. Business author Michael Goodman defines a personal mission statement as “an articulation of what you’re all about and what success looks like to you”.
A mission statement integrates various aspects of your life and what you know about yourself. It makes it easier to define the actions that will help you achieve your vision, acts as a yardstick against which you can measure your current reality and progress and allows you to evaluate how well you are adhering to your values. It is written in the present tense, imagining yourself already achieving it.
Mission Statement Development Process
Like your personal vision statement, it needs to be written down to harness its power to become reality. Here’s a five-step mission-building process recommended by Dr. Randall Hansen. Take as much time as you need and dig deeply so that your mission statement is authentic and honest.
1. Identify your past successes. Spend time identifying four or five examples where you’ve had personal successes in recent years. These can have been at work, in your community, at home, etc. Write them down. Identify whether there is a common theme or themes to these examples and write that down too.
2. Identify your core values. Develop a list of attributes you believe identify who you are and what your priorities are. Once your list is complete, try to narrow the list down to five or six important values and then see if you can choose the one that is most important to you.
3. Identify your contributions. Make a list of the ways you could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could you contribute best to:
- The world in general
- Your family
- Your employer
- Your friends
- Your community
4. Identify your goals. Make a list of your personal goals, perhaps in the short term (up to three years) and the long term (beyond three years).
5. Write your personal mission statement.
A Sample Mission Statement
Here’s an example of the development process and a final Personal Mission Statement that followed the above five-step process. It will give you some ideas and help you work through your own Mission Statement development process.
Your past success: