Mission statement tips

You may consider it totally unnecessary and too much of a hassle to list your goals, values and possible contributions to society. Even though the process can be time consuming, using the mission statement tips in this article will help you to realize why you need one and how you can easily write and effective statement.

Advantages of a good statement

  • It centers your energy and sheds light on your function.

    The process of planning and writing your statement helps you to determine what your purpose is. Several questions need to be answered, for instance are you more focused on helping your family, friends, colleagues or strangers? How will you do it? Are you willing to compromise on your values or will you fight for what you believe in? Without goals, we tend to drift along and may even reach old age without ever realizing our dreams. Writing the statement helps you to define who you really are and how you fit into the bigger scheme of things.

  • An effective statement has the potential to open doors for you.

    Employers who have compatible values and can use someone with your goals are likely to consider you for employment.

Effective mission statement tips

  • Narrow your statement down to ensure that it is focused.
    You cannot help everyone, nor can you save the world on your own.
  • Make your statement convincing and unambiguous.
    When people hear or read it, they should be able to remember what you are about.
  • Don't write it without planning.
    The whole idea is to determine your goals, possible contributions, how you plan to do it and what your focus and values are. If you just write the statement without digging into your beliefs, values, and goals you will miss the point. Make a list of everything and then narrow it down. Write one to two drafts before you finalize your statement.
  • Be realistic about your abilities.
    It is of no use to state goals that cannot be reached.
  • Write in a concise manner.
    Even though long statements may sound impressive, they are less likely to be remembered by you and the people that you come in contact with.
  • Get the input of someone you trust.
    Our friends and family members sometimes notice aspects of our personality, interests, values, contributions and goals, which we fail to see. Speak to a close friend who can help you get a new perspective.
  • Focus on the first three or five years of your career or life.
    We cannot plan ten to twenty years ahead because there are too many external factors that we need to consider.
  • Don't just form a picture in your head.
    Write the statement down and keep it somewhere visible. It will help you to stay on track.
  • Focus on your overall goal.
    The short term goals form part of the larger goal. You don't have to list all of them, only your main goal.

These mission statement tips are intended as guidelines that can be used for crafting your career and personal statements.