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If you’ve no vision, you’re living without purpose. And without purpose, there’s no point in getting out of bed – you may as well just curl up and watch daytime TV.

Life-Without-a-Mission-Statement-Isn't-LifeWriting a life mission statement can make all the difference to your future, as it acts as a road-map to guide your choices about what you give your energy, time, and focus to.

Not having a sense of the type of person you want to become, what you want to have, or giving thought to what you want to accomplish in life, guarantees only two things — wavering character and a bumpy ride to destination nowhere.

Conversely, having a mission statement for your life is important if you’re to discover and fulfill your purpose. The question is, where do you start? Well, you start by considering what’s most important in your life; what you value.

Start by identifying what you’d miss if you had it no longer, and what you couldn’t live without. Things like your health, family, friends and personal achievements may be among your answers.

Don’t rush it, as though its an organic and evolving document, your life mission statement will shape every decision you make in the future.

In view of that, it helps to know that lots has been written about life mission statements and how to write one.

The late Stephen Covey gives a helpful guideline.*

So, once you’ve decided on what’s most important in your life, the task of creating your life mission statement gets easier, and you’ll be able to start taking steps towards making it a reality.

That’s it — decide what’s most important, consider how to get there, and make a start. Simple?!

Questions: How much thought have you given to your future? What would you include in your life mission statement? Leave a comment below.

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* {Updated: 21/2/13} Michael Hyatt provides a helpful Life Plan resource.


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