Create a personal mission statement using Stephen Covey's online Mission Builder at http://msb.franklincovey.com - the following 13 step outline is for those who don't have online access to complete Covey's interactive mission statement builder web tool...
Step 12) Now you can bring your values to life... create an action statement or free write on what you'd like to achieve with each of your 10 values.
Try to use Action statements that begin with a verb to emphasize the action you do, or will begin to take. These verb begun statements demonstrate your strengths, character, beliefs, &/or skills. Here are some examples -
Draw fifteen minutes daily to sharpen my attention to detail.
Build positive relationships through listening to others before speaking.
Accept imperfections in myself and others as areas for improvement.
Provide leadership in school activities through promptness, effort, and encouragement to others.
|Step 1) Imagine yourself as a parent one day, & name one of your traits you want to pass on to your children _____________|
|Step 2) List two of the most important people in your life _____________________ and ________________________|
Step 3) List two words to describe each of the people you named in Step 2:
Important Person 1 Descriptors ______________________ and _________________________
Important Person 2 Descriptors ______________________ and ________________________
Step 4) Imagine you have started your own country. What one word would describe the guiding principal or motto of this country? "In _____________________ we trust."
|Step 5) What's one thing for which you'd be willing to risk your life? ____________________________________|
|Step 6) What are the two qualities you look for in a partner? _______________________ and ________________________|
|Step 7) Describe yourself in one word _____________________|
|Step 8) If you could only achieve one thing by the end of your life, what would it be? ______________________________|
Step 9) If there were just two rules in life that everyone should follow what would the be?
Life Rule 1 _____________________________________ and Life Rule 2 ___________________________________
|Step 10) Think of the person you admire most - why? ___________________________________________________|
|Step 11) The above 10 statements are a few of your values - those that are most immediate. You can use these to begin free writing your mission statement now in Step 12 (Right Column).||
Step 13) Congratulate yourself on the work you have done so far. Over the years your circumstances will change. Your priorities will change. Your goals & dreams will change. That's okay (and normal) - because change means growth. As you grow, transform, & broaden your horizons, allow yourself the freedom to expand & refine your mission statement...
Step 13 Continued...Now keep going - use free writing, selecting, & combining to see what comes from your heart. Remember to let your mission statement grow, evolve, &/or reform as you take action & make decisions that are consistent with your values. Use this space below to develop your mission statement (or word processor & print, or write on a different paper) to include in your school adviser folder, post your mission statement where you will see daily, & tell others about your newly stated purpose in life -
Create a Personal Vision Statement, read and use the online pdf below (CCC/The Mentoring Group, 13560 Mesa Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949), Tools #1 and #2 to help you write your vision statement.
Panorama Seniors, you may choose to include this Vision Statement, or the Grade 11 created Mission Statement, or a combination of them together, when creating your local scholarship applications (any local awarding scholarship group that uses the generic Panorama Scholarship Application is accustomed to seeing this type of sharing along with your resume as part of your scholarship application, and you may find having these writing handy for other scholarship and college admissions essays you encounter).
by Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones
It's good to create or revise the "personal vision" you have for your life. A compelling vision can help you succeed, be more satisfied with your life, and get the most out of your mentoring relationships. Following is a tool for doing that.
Importance of Having a Personal Vision
Numerous experts on leadership and personal development emphasize how vital it is for you to craft your own personal vision for your life. Warren Bennis, Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, and others point out that a powerful vision can help you succeed far beyond where you'd be without one. That vision can propel you and inspire those around you to reach their own dreams. I've learned in my own life and in working as a psychologist that if you don't identify your vision, others will plan and direct your life for you. I've worked with too many individuals who late in their lives said, "If only. . . ." You don't have to be one of them.
Senge defines vision as what you want to create of yourself and the world around you. What does your vision include? Making a vital change in an area such as health, technology, or the environment? Raising happy, well-adjusted children? Writing a book? Owning your own business? Living on a beach? Being very fit and healthy? Visiting every continent? Helping others with their spiritual development? What are you good at? What do you love to do? What aren't you good at now, but you'd like to be? All of these important questions are part of identifying your personal vision.
Use this Tool #1 to think through and start to craft your personal vision. It's adapted from many sources and should prompt you to think and dream. Find a place without distractions such as a quiet table at a restaurant. Answer as many of the questions as possible, and discuss your responses with someone you trust.
Personal Vision Tool #1
Did any of these questions trigger some ideas about what you'd like to be doing with your life? Keep thinking about the questions and your answers, and continue your personal research.
ONCE THE ABOVE EXERCISE IS COMPLETED…
In a nutshell, your personal vision is what you want to be, do, feel, think, own, associate with, and impact by some date in the future. We recommend that you identify your Personal Vision as a development strategy. We're providing some tools to help you identify and implement your personal vision.
Above, we encouraged you to begin thinking about your personal vision. If you have not yet done so, go to Creating or Revising Your Personal Vision (Tool #1 is graphic organizer on prior page... You won't be able to do this next task if you don't complete that important initial step.)
It's now time to pull together your research and write a Personal Vision Statement. Your vision must be unique and appropriate for you, so we offer the following Personal Vision Statement only as an example (examples supplemented by worksheet Writing Personal Vision Statement, 2009 Adaptation from Phillips-Jones):
Notice in this sample(s) that the person can include several areas of life (physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and career) or focus on one area in particular. It's a picture of how the person sees himself/herself..(once a tense is chosen, the entire statement uses that tense).
Use the following tool to synthesize what you've learned about yourself and to write your own statement.
Talk about your findings and your Vision Statement with someone you trust. If necessary, make a second, better draft, but don't compromise your passion. Think big, and hold onto your excitement! Now you're ready to turn your Vision Statement into an action plan.