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Example of a personal mission statement

Writing your personal mission statement defines your main values and purpose in your life. Personal mission statements can act as a compass to guide you in your career development. Planning your mission statement takes time and planning to write a statement that works for you.

The personal mission statement you write will be specific to your individual style and needs. There is no set template as to what a good mission statement is for each person as they are all different. There are a few basic concepts which should be a part of every mission statement. A personal mission statement summarizes the following for each person:

  • Personal goals and aspirations
  • Core values
  • Social responsibility

What information should your personal mission statement have in it? Some of the basic information should have five to seven points which define the following:

  • One or two main values
  • Your plan to contribute to society
  • Who the main focus of your contribution will be
  • What you hope to accomplish in life
  • What your best skill or attribute is

Here are three examples of personal mission statements:

My mission in life is to champion others to help them grow personally, emotionally, spiritually and professionally. I will do this by using my compassion, unique perspective and the belief in the inherent goodness of others as well as their integrity and potential.

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I will - make efforts to further my knowledge every day through taking classes, reading or observation so I can follow in the example of my parents.

I will - set myself to improving my inferior qualities such as organization, responsibility and compassion so that I can be a better brother, son, student and friend.

I will - continue to strive for a healthy and long life by following a scheduled exercise regimin and a more balanced diet.

I will - continue my career development by remaining employed in a field where I can grow and continue to improve my income to achieve other personal goals.

I will - strive to put time aside for family and friends so that I may be able to treasure the connection I have with them while they are in my life.

I will - attain a respected leadership role to the people around me by taking a more active role in creating initiatives and solutions to problems around me.

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My purpose through each day of my life is to have an expression of commitment to love my family and friends. I plan to cherish each of them. I plan to improve myself professionally and personally through education and open-mindedness so that I can advance in both my life and career in a way that I can enjoy and feel content.