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Why should you have a personal mission statement?

Do you have a personal mission statement?

We have all been asked the seemingly simple question “what is your why?”  How we answer defines us as people and what we stand for.  Why do you get up in the morning?  Having a personal mission statement that you consistently live out in your actions can help lead us down the path we seek.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some reasons why you should develop a personal mission statement and, more importantly, how you can create one.  Enjoy.

Why

  • Leading yourself. The first person you should lead is yourself.
  • Setting a foundation. A personal mission statement helps you develop a foundation that you want to live your life by every day
  • Be concise. Consistency in your actions is extremely valuable.  Do you follow the crowd or live by your own set of values?
  • Helping others is just as important as helping yourself.  A personal mission statement gives you the ability to include others in your daily actions.
  • Once you believe, you can share with others.
  • Live out your personal mission statement to the best of your abilities each day.

How

  • Ponder these four questions: 1) Why were you put on this earth? 2) What is most important to me? 3) How do I want to consistently act? 4) What legacy do I want to leave now and after I’m gone?
  • Steps to creating a personal mission statement: 1) Answer the above four questions (on paper), 2) Write out your top three values, 3) Take time to reflect on your answers, 4) Make a concise statement (1-3 sentences) you are willing to live by, 5) have the courage to share this statement with others, 6) Live it consistently (each day), and 7) Having trouble living it? Make adjustments.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and J-Mac attended a pre-season game between Daemen College and Syracuse University and caught up with two of his former players (Jay Sarkis and Joey Wallace) afterwards.  Check out his Facebook post HERE

Life Tip #1:  Make each day your masterpiece.

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