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.
The guiding principle for my life is knowing that what I do has eternal value or contributes to it. My life verse is 2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV), “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.”
I will do the following to reflect this principle.
1. I will be controlled by love and I live for Jesus Christ. 2Corinthians 5:14a,15b states, “For the love of Christ controls us,… those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
I will do the following to show Jesus Christ’s love.
- I will stay in forgiveness and pray for the people in my life.
- I will be kind in what I say and do.
- I will give preference to the interests and desires of other people; 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 people to love God, to pursue holiness, to show love, and live in peace; 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.”
2. I will be heavenly minded and not worldly minded by doing the following.
- I will seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness instead of being anxious.
- 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 and;
- Rejoice always as I think on Biblical truths—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 and God has a purpose for everything—Ephesians 2:10,11 and Philippians 2:13.
- I will not seek to fulfill any desires that draw me away from my devotion to God.
- I will not desire worldly possessions beyond reasonable needs.
3. I will make my time count for eternity by doing the following.
- Serve others as Christ did when He was on this earth (Matt. 20:28; Phil 2:3-7).
- Seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and lead people to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus and hand out New Testament Bibles.
- Teach Biblical principles through my blog, prison ministry, and be a good witness of the love of Christ.