Most major corporations and businesses have a mission statement. Why? Because it hones in on the purposes and goals of the company. A mission statement gives people a clear and unambiguous guide to what the company aims to achieve. Basically, you know who they are and what they do.
A ‘life mission statement’ statement can do the same for you. Going into perimenopause and menopause signifies a big life transition and because of the time it happens, it’s usually accompanied by other life changes such as children leaving home, taking on other responsibilities such as caring for aging parents etc. It’s important to try and define what you want this next stage of your life to be like. A mission statement is a nice, concise way to do this.
Your life mission statement
Why should you write a mission statement?
Well, it gives a clear and concise snapshot of what is important to you and the kind of life you want to live during this next phase of your life. This makes it easier to stay on track and focused with all your goals, values, and acts as an inspiration.
Some people live life as victims of circumstance, while others design their life, as they want it to be. Believe me, I’ve seen this for real working in healthcare for years. There are so many people who play the role of the patient, take no responsibility, expect things to be done to them and for them and then have poor outcomes. Time and time again, it’s the ones who have a positive attitude and take responsibility for their own health who often come out on top. Menopause is so often portrayed as a really negative part of a woman’s life which signifies that she’s old. Changing your mindset can be huge in how you approach this next phase.
Your mission statement doesn’t just have to reflect the qualities that you already possess. It can include the characteristics that you aspire to, reminding you of the work you need to do to be the person you want to be as you go into this next exciting phase of your life.
This exercise gives you the opportunity to really reflect and do a deep dive to identify what you want, how you want to live, the things that are important to you and what you want to achieve.
When you want to come up with your own life mission statement, you need to sit down with a cuppa and a notebook and have a good, hard think about the things that are most important to you.
What do you value most about your life?
What do you want to achieve?
What is most important to you?
What is the theme of your life?
Think about what you want to see when you are an old woman, looking back over your life, considering the things you did or didn’t do with your time. Perhaps, the things you would like to be remembered for in your eulogy.
Your life mission statement needs to reflect all of these qualities.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it
Once you’ve considered the things you want your mission statement to include, you’re ready to put it together.
A good mission statement will be clear and simple, usually contained within two or three short sentences.
Let’s take a look at a few examples:
“I consider my success to be determined by the number of people I help. Helping other people to achieve their dreams, and reach their aspirations is the highest priority in my life.”
“Family always comes first. I think there is no greater meaning to my life than to help those who I am closest to live a really happy and contented way of life.”
“My business is my life. The highest qualities I can hope to instill in my business are the ones I aim to reflect in my own life. These being honesty, integrity, courage, and the practice of fairness and equality.”
As you can see from all of these examples, they are uber personal. They reflect the qualities that a person wants to uphold, and they express a sincere desire to uphold those qualities with the best of intentions. Also, they all contain the word ‘I’. This is because they are designed to reflect the intentions and consciousness of the speaker.
Put your own personal life mission statement together, and come up with as many examples that you can.
Once you have a good selection of potential candidates, read them aloud while visualising yourself speaking to a large audience.
If you honestly think that you can uphold its intent and that it fits who you are, you have found the right life mission statement to live by, helping you live the fullest possible life you can live.
Take your time and consider this fully and thoughtfully.
Of course, you can make changes as life develops. Shit happens, we go through stages. This just further allows you to stay in touch and recognise how you are changing and growing as a person.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or even your life mission statement if you want to!