A personal or career mission statement does the very same thing. Every choice you make in regard to your life or career path will be measured up against your career mission statement. Creating this check and balance system helps to keep us on track and allows us time to reflect upon those choices which may not keep us true to our mission. We can all get side tracked and caught up in the next big thing, so having a mission statement can keep us from getting off track and allow us to stay focused.
Nightingale Conant states, “A well thought out, goal-focused mission statement can act as an achievement coach — giving you the focus, direction, and accountability you need to accomplish your career, financial, and personal goals.”
It is simple to create a career mission statement. First, your mission statement should be no more than two sentences and no more than fifty or so words. You can start with “My career mission statement is ….” Next you will focus on your talents and skills to describe what it is you are wanting to achieve. An example of this would be “My career mission as a Career Strategist and Coach is to use my talents and extensive knowledge in career development to motivate and educate women in finding work they love which utilizes their strengths and abilities.”
Remember to be specific and clear. Your goals will all be centered around your mission statement, so it is critical to make sure you clearly state what your ultimate objective is and how you will meet that objective. Be sure to write down your statement and put it somewhere you will read it frequently. You want to make sure you are moving in the direction of your mission statement everyday.