You have probably read dozens of business mission statements right? Maybe you have even written one yourself. Have you ever read or written a personal mission statement? According to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People it is the most effective way to begin with the end in mind. Check out the website for more content


A personal mission statement (or philosophy, creed, constitution) focuses on what you want to be and do and on the values and principals upon which the being and doing are based. Think of your personal mission statement as the foundation from which all your choices are made. It is fundamentally the type of person you and what you value. All long term and short term goals would be created based on the vision created by your personal mission statement. The following is a personal mission statement shared in the book as an example:

Succeed at home first. Seek and merit divine help. Never compromise with honesty. Remember the people involved. Hear both sides before judging. Obtain counsel of others. Defend those who are absent. Be sincere yet decisive. Develop one new proficiency a year. Plan tomorrow’s work today. Hustle while you wait. Maintain a positive attitude. Keep a sense of humor. Be orderly in person and in work. Do not fear mistakes – fear only the absence of creative, constructive, and corrective responses to those mistakes. Facilitate the success of subordinates. Listen twice as much as you speak. Concentrate all abilities and efforts on the task at hand, not worrying about the next job or promotion.

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