You're at a job interview.

So far you're acing the routine interview questions but then comes one that leaves you feeling blank:

"What's your personal mission statement?"

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Do you know what is truly important to you? Maybe you're feeling stuck at your current job? Confused if switching careers is right for you?

Crafting an honest and authentic personal mission statement will help answer many of these questions.

What To Include?

A personal mission statement will outline what you’re all about, including what you bring to the table now and what you want to achieve in your career.

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  • Keep it simple, short & clear

  • Describe what really matters to you in under 5 sentences

  • It will help you focus your energy, behavior & actions towards what's important to you and help accomplish goals

Path To Self-discovery

In order to write a good personal mission statement, make the effort to learn about yourself and your core values.

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Take time to think & write down the answers to the following:

What do you love or enjoy doing?

  • What really lights your fire?

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What are your strengths, skills & personality traits?

  • What makes you unique?

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Where do you want to go in life?

  • Apart from listing your career ambitions, also describe your physical, mental & spiritual goals

  • List both short & long-term goals

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Who or what is deserving of your time?

  • List the top 5 priorities in your life

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What impact do you want to have on others?

  • How do you want to positively influence your colleagues/clients/students, etc?

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What do you want your legacy to be?

  • How do you want to be remembered at the end of your career?

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Putting It All Together

Now use this template to write your own final draft:

“To [insert desired goal, outcome, or achievement] [ identify the target audience that will benefit] by [elaborate on skills you want to use] [talk about what those skills will let you do or how you’ll apply them].”

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Consider this example:

"To inspire the development of today’s youth by continuously honing my skills, expanding my knowledge, and supporting them in their growth."

Quiz

The above personal mission statement is suitable for which profession?

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Quiz

Which profession would be a good match for the mission statement above?

Teacher

Policeman

Nurse

Computer Programmer

Take Action

Create your very own personal mission statement!

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This Byte has been authored by

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Chitra Krishnan

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