Is Your Personal Mission Statement Ready for 2016?

If you want to make a difference in 2016, I suggest you start by developing or updating your personal mission statement. This will help you connect your 2016 priorities to your longer-term definition of what’s important in your life.\r\n\r\nWhether it’s a new mission statement or an update of a previous version, let me suggest the following three steps:\r\n\r\n1. Read my blog entry, “4 Steps to Chart Your Life Journey. Today, we will focus on the first two steps.\r\n\r\n2. Choose the top three to five values that are most important in your life. Why so few? Because it forces you to focus. This short list should define the way you behave and the type of legacy you want to leave once you depart this world. Here’s a list of potential values to get you started, several of which were listed in my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life:\r\n• Serving others without expecting anything in return\r\n• Leading by serving\r\n• Nurturing family relationships\r\n• Having a long-term goal\r\n• Learning to deal with adversity\r\n• Being open and respectful with people\r\n\r\n3. Write down your personal mission statement. Based on your answers to step 2 above, how can you distill the way you want to be remembered? If you were writing your newspaper obituary or tombstone epitaph, how would it read? When my father passed away, I gave a short speech during his funeral, where I highlighted what I considered to be his life mission: to love his family, especially his wife, and to serve others, without expecting anything in return.\r\n\r\nNext Monday, I will cover how to define your life roles for 2016. Stay tuned!\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\

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