I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m doing with my life (I feel like I’ve even written that sentence before on this blog). I’m not sure that all this thinking is productive though. It doesn’t seem to have any kind of end result. Without that end result, it’s hard to take action. It would be nice to act and live purposefully.
Stephen Covey’s book “How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement” was available on Kindle Unlimited. I think I read “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” but even if I didn’t finish it, the guy seems to know what he’s talking about.
The book is fairly short but gives plenty of guidance on what a personal mission statement should include and urges you to include the four important areas of life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – in the statement so the no area of life is left lacking.
When I bought the book I assumed that I would have a good idea of what my personal mission statement was. Covey says you should take weeks, if not months, to develop your statement. I laughed. Until I read more. Turns out I was wrong. I started spelling it out in my head, but faltered. Quickly.
My initial thought was pretty shallow and I couldn’t see crafting what is supposed to be a timeless statement around what I had in my head. That life would have been unfulfilling. As I read more, I was able to add some things to it, but it’s still not quite right. It’s not a life-long statement.
I’m going to spend some time thinking about this, taking notes as I think of them. Hopefully over the next few weeks or months I’ll be able to develop something I can live by.
Do you ave a personal mission statement? Are you interested in creating one?