So you've decided to create a career mission statement so you've a way of working towards your goals over the short and long term. Here are a few tips you help you create the best one for you and your career future:
Draw on External Resources
Think about who inspires you, whether it’s world leaders, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals or your friends and family. What is it about them that inspires you? What would you like to emulate? How can you apply their their teachings, lessons and mistakes to your life?
Define your Impact
Define the impact you want to have in your life. What is most important to you, what you want your legacy to be, and what you are most passionate about. If this is difficult, visualise what you hope your life will look like at the end of your career path. Then find a metaphor, artefact or picture that can you can use as a daily reminder of your personal mission. Display it where you will see it often and you’ll be subconsciously working towards your goals.
Make your mission statement extraordinary, motivating you to stretch and become the very best version of you. If you write down restricting and short-term plans, you'll hardly succeed in pushing yourself beyond where you are currently.
Ask Yourself Hard Questions
Asking and answering tough questions will help you create a more honest mission statement.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- Where do my natural talents lie?
- What’s important to me personally and professionally?
- What gets me up in the morning and what makes me want to stay in bed?
- What does my perfect day look like?
- What values guide my work, studies and relationships?
- What mistakes have I made so far in life, and how I can avoid repeating them?
Look at the Big Picture
Consider where you would like to be and who you would like to become over the next 12 months, five years and even ten years. Consider what you’d do professionally if you had unlimited time, money and resources.
Be True to Yourself
Is this really what you want or what other people are telling you you should want? Make sure your mission statement accurately reflects your biggest passion and what you truly believe your long-term purpose to be.
Consolidate your Ideas
It’s a good idea to gather all this information in a document where you can review it regularly. You can then come back to it, assess where you are, where your goals and values have changed, and what your next steps should be.