Using Your Mission Statement As A Filter

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Mission statements are important. Really important. They take time to process so you can come up with the one that is right for you. Be specific. Keep it just long enough to get the point across. You want to be able to remember it so you can tell others and so you can keep it handy for when you need to use it. Make sure it will lead you to your desired outcome. And once you find that fitting mission statement for your personal life or for your business, it is now time to put it to use.

Here is why using a mission statement in every area of life is so important:

You now get to filter each action you make through your mission statement.

It is important not only to make your mission known to your team and those around you, but decision making becomes easier once you run each circumstance through your mission statement. Your goal is handwritten, visible and is now effective.

Know it and communicate it.

Doing this will keep you on point.

This step keeps you from wandering around, just like when you write things down. If you know what you want and need to do, you will start heading in the right direction. Life will become easier. You will empower and influence those around you to make the best decisions.

Know what you want from life and go get it. Don’t wait for it to come to you.

Using a mission statement will keep you from that dreaded “gray area”.

Notice that I used the word “Using” and not “Having”. You have to use something to make it effective. Making decisions will become easier. Right and wrong become clearer. You will discover who you are and what you want to become, and that builds confidence.

It is a great feeling when you can make decisions with more confidence.

If you don’t have a mission statement already, I challenge you to start thinking about constructing one. It helps a lot more than it hurts.

So, tell me…

Why else is using a mission statement important? You can leave a comment below.

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  1. says

    I love the idea of using a mission statement as a filter for decisions. That’s crucial.
    As far as other ways that a mission statement is good: it helps us evaluate situations we’re in. It’s not just about the decisions we make about what to do – it’s about our perceptions as well. We can see seemingly good things as things that are driving us away from our mission. Or unpleasant obstacles can become central to our mission.

  2. Anonymous says

    I think if someone knows and uses their mission statement as a filter, they will see better results and progress in life. They will have the ability to say no to the gray area and say yes to ares of purpose. 

  3. says

    This is well stated and I like the map with the arrow and watch, as well. Filtering decisions through a mission statement can really save time and keep the detours away. Nice work!

  4. Anonymous says

    “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained” – Proverbs 29:18 – I put this on my vision board last year (prepared for Tommy Newberry’s SuperFocus Coaching Session), along with some questions I ask myself including “What is my vision and how am I exercising restraint to achieve it?”