mission is? Is it stressful to think
about because you aren’t sure where to begin?
It can be. Trying to figure out your
mission in life almost seems too large to nail down, but once you have, it will
become a litmus test for all of your decisions.
sentences to cover your entire family’s life and what you stand for? It will take a lot of self-reflection,
knowing your goals, what you want out of life, all of those things are important
when you write out your mission statement.
it is not. A mission statement is a way
for you personally, or your family, to make big decisions, to figure out what
is next in your life, whether or not your calendar is full of activities, and
what those specific activities are. A
mission statement is not, however, a set of goals. It should be timeless, and general enough
that it fits all aspects of your life.
decision we make is ultimately governed by some kind of interest or goal or
objective or value or principle, whether we know it or not. A Family Mission
Statement is an effort to bring to an explicit level what your goals and values
are so that people are on the same page.” Stephen R. Covey
your family wants to be, what your family stands for. If you have older kids, invite them to
participate. If your kids are small, or
you don’t have kids, just work on this with your spouse. If you are single, you can make this a
personal mission statement.
sit and start brainstorming, you will see that answers will start to come
out. They can be crazy and off the
wall. You will eventually sit and comb
through those answers, you want to let all the members of your family freely
answer. Look at the big picture
here. It might be scary to put some of
your real feelings down on paper; it can be a vulnerable time. But, it is worth it, trust me!
through them all. This is probably best
to do with your spouse. Look and see if
there is a theme. What common thread is
in your answers? Are there any big
differences? Talk through those
differences to see if there is common ground to be found, or if perhaps it
isn’t as important to you as you originally thought.
to describe these themes. At this point
you are able to write your mission statement.
There is no “right” way to do this.
It can be bullet points, a few sentences, describing your mission is
whatever makes sense to you, and will help you to measure decisions against.
God First. Live simply. Be good stewards of God’s creation and the
time we are given. Promote peace in our
home. Encourage creativity and
learning. Always show our love for one
holds true today. When I look at this
statement, I know that it is important to not fill every bit of our calendar
with activities, no matter how much the FOMO (fear of missing out) gets to
me. I also know that in our
homeschooling I need to make sure that I am fostering that love of learning and
creativity that we all hold dear (instead of focusing on getting through
have a family mission statement? Please
share it below!
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