How to write your Personal Mission and Vision Statements (Quick Guides + Examples)?
What would you choose among time, money, fame, and power?
What would you choose between a job that benefits you and a job that benefits society?
What would you choose among family, loved ones, friends, or yourself?
These questions are not easy to answer, because, in fact, there is no right or wrong. Also, when it comes to really choosing an option, it is never easy.
In this article, we will introduce you to Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement; tools that can help you to always choose the right answer (for you) and help make your decision easier.
After you finish reading this article, we are certain that you will get more clues on how to write your own Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement, and get the best out of them.
What is a Personal Mission Statement?
A Personal Mission Statement is a sentence or a paragraph that explains how you would like to live at present and what you must do to achieve your Vision.
The keywords are your “Present” and “lifestyle”.
The important things you need to be able to answer yourself.
Before you write a Personal Mission Statement, it is recommended that you answer these questions first.
- What are three things that you like to do?
- What are three things that you do not like to do?
- What are three things that you can do well?
- What are three things that you cannot do well?
- What are the things that you have to do/ are doing each day?
After you have answered the questions above, the next thing you have to do is summarizing the Personal Mission Statement as short and concise as possible. It is advised that it should not be longer than 2-3 sentences.
Examples of Personal Mission Statements
- I will use my knowledge and ability in teaching and language skills to make people be better at productivity & self-development.
- I will be happy in my path and learn from my mistakes (Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group).
- I will be a teacher and be known as a person who inspired my students to be more than what they think they can be (Oprah Winfrey).
- It’s my personal mission to serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference. (Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company).
- I will use my gifts in intelligence, attractiveness, and positive-mindedness in implanting in all women over the world to see their worth and values in themselves (Amanda Steinberg, Dailyworth.com).
What is a Personal Vision Statement?
A Personal Vision Statement is a sentence or a paragraph that explains the things that you want to be, to do, to have, or to get in the future.
The keyword here is “future”.
This means those things are the things that you have not got, have not achieved at the moment, but are the things that you really desire in the future. It is okay that your Personal Vision Statement would seem difficult to be true or if you have not figured out a way to achieve it yet.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela.
The important things you need to be able to answer yourself.
Before you write any Personal Vision Statement, it is advised that you try to answer these questions first.
- If tomorrow is the last day of your life, what would you regret not doing, seeing, or succeeding in?
- How do these things; yourself, power, career, money, family, relatives, friends, satisfaction, and society, matter to you?
- Following the previous question, what are the three things that are most important to you?
After you have answered the questions above, the next thing you have to do is summarize the Personal Mission Statement as short and concise as possible. It is suggested that it should not be longer than 2-3 sentences.
Examples of Personal Vision Statements
- I will be the CEO of one of Fortune 500 companies and still have time for my family every weekend.
- I will retire and still have more income than payment every month, and will travel to more than 100 countries all over the world before I turn 40 years old.
- I will be a professor who owns more than 10 patents in my field.
- I will own a foundation that helps more than 5 million poor children all over the country.
The differences between Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement
When we first learned about these two words, we have to admit that we were “confused” about how the words are written differently.
However, after we tried to understand more about them, it is found that these two words are hugely different. Nevertheless, they both are what made you who you are.
Personal Mission Statement is a sentence of the present, describing the desire in life and what you have to do to achieve your vision.
Personal Vision Statement is a sentence of the future, describing the things you want to be.
Note: If you cannot come up with a statement, it is advised to use the following technique. Try using your company’s Mission and Vision Statements as examples. When having an example that is not yours, you would look at it from outsiders’ point of view, which can strongly help in being a guideline (people usually know about other things better than the things about themselves).
Note 2: Both Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement are amendable. If you read them and feel that they do not reflect what you want in the future or what you are doing in the present, you can always fix them. It is best that you review these things every year to see whether they are still the same.
Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement are not easy to write. Even we had been overwhelmed by them, trying so hard to write and rewrite the statements for weeks before they could eventually be finished. It is suggested that once you complete them, keep them in a place easy to draw out. It is up to your preference whether they should be written on paper or on a computer.
After you have written your Personal Mission Statement and Personal Vision Statement, you will get what is called a “principle” of life.
Whenever you feel uncertain, insecure, or confused about making decisions to do or not to do something, let these statements be your compass.