Why is a mission important to have? How does a mission statement help you achieve your heart’s desires? The following are excerpts from HABIT 2 – BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND—Principles of Personal Leadership by Stephen Covey from “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Begin today with the image, picture, or paradigm of the end of your life as your frame of reference or the criterion by which you examine everything else. What do you want people to say at your funeral? (What do you want God to say when you stand before Him?) By keeping that end clearly in mind, you can make certain that whatever you do on any particular day does not violate the criteria you have defined as supremely important. Make each day contribute in a meaningful way to the vision you have of your life. Start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so you better understand where you are now. So the steps you take are always in the right direction.
A Personal Mission Statement
A personal mission statement focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based. It becomes a personal constitution, the basis for making major, life-directing decisions, the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives. Writing or reviewing a mission statement changes you because it forces you to think through your priorities deeply, carefully, and to align your behavior with your beliefs.
Identifying Roles and Goals
We each have a number of different roles in our lives–different areas or capacities in which we have responsibility. I may, for example, have a role as an individual, a spouse, a parent, a teacher, a church member, and a businessman. And each of these roles is important. Your mission statement will be much more balanced and easier to work with if you break it down into the specific role areas of your life and the goals you want to accomplish in each area. An effective goal focuses primarily on results rather than activity.
Mission Statement for my life and how I will accomplish it.
My guiding principle is 2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV), which states, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” What I do will have eternal value or contribute to it.
My life will reflect the following passage, 2Corinthians 5:14a,15b, which states, “For the love of Christ controls us (me), … those who live (I) might no longer live for (myself) themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
- In my work, I will pray for those I work with and be kind in what I say and do.
- In my home, I will give preference to my family’s interests and desires; Philippians 2:3,4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
- I will encourage my family to love God and to pursue holiness as I show them love and live in peace with them; Ephesians 4:2,3, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” And, Hebrews 12:14, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
- In my church family, I will value my brothers and sisters in Christ by acknowledging them and saying a kind word or doing a kind deed. I will testify of the power of God’s Word to transform my life and their lives.
- I will be heavenly minded and not worldly minded.
- I will seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and not worry.
- I will seek to give to Christian efforts to grow the kingdom of God.
- I will fill my mind with scripture and memorize it so I may not sin: Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, so that I might not sin against You.”
- I will not look at worthless things. I will only look at things that inspire me to do good and love well (see Ps. 119:37, Ps 101:3).
- I will practice 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 to
- Rejoice always as I think on heavenly things—Col. 3:1-3;
- pray without ceasing by turning every thought into a prayer;
- give thanks in all circumstances and not grumble or complain because I am His workmanship—Ephesians 2:10,11 and Philippians 2:13.
- I will not seek to fulfill any desires that draws me away from my devotion to God.
- I will not desire worldly possessions beyond reasonable needs.
- I will make my time count for eternity.
- To bless others through serving them as Christ did when He was on this earth (Matt. 20:28; Phil 2:3-7).
- Seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) by leading people to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus through my blog, at the County jail and at Quehanna Bootcamp.
- Teach Sunday School.
- Hand out New Testament Bibles and being a good witness of the love of Christ.