God has provided each of us a finite amount of time on this earth. We should ask ourselves what would it mean that we were here? Each person must answer this question for him or herself. Afterwards, a strategic approach to life should be developed, living with the end in mind. This is part of the process of developing and living by a personal mission statement. There is a reason why most corporations have a mission statement. I contend that each individual should have one as well. Living a focused and inspired life begins with possessing a relevant personal mission statement and effectively managing time.

Developing a relevant mission statement is essential to living a life of meaning. The vast majority of us live with little or no direction. We focus primarily on the urgent and unimportant. It’s critical that we do a self-evaluation, reviewing our lives as if we were nearing the end and reflecting back on the years that have passed. What would you want to see in your life? Get a clear picture of your desired future and begin to intentionally paint that picture today. Live each day on purpose and in a God honoring and intentional way.

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
– Carl Sandburg, author

Mission statements are nice to have but often difficult to develop. However, the time invested in its development could pay dividends that will last for generations to come. As one goes through the process of creating a mission statement, there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Be patient
  • Think holistically
  • Make it personal
  • Determine dreams
  • Journal or document your thoughts
  • Incorporate your faith
  • Be transparent and honest with yourself

Successfully developing a meaningful mission statement and intentionally living by it will allow one to achieve a measure of true and authentic success. We are here to positively impact the world and make a difference. As many people involved with Rotary International, a non-profit organization of which I’m a member, understand, life is really all about “serving others above yourself.”