The purpose of a mission statement is to articulate the purpose and philosophy of the entity while the vision statement states the goal the entity seeks to achieve. Both of these are driven by values that lay the foundation for these assertions, acting as the nucleus from which the individual’s being and direction takes shape. While organizations use these statements to clarify their intent within markets, individuals can learn from these clarifications by examining the values and beliefs that should power their own lives, as well as committing to a goal that embodies the realization of their gifts and desires. These messages are powerful reminders to the individual and can be used as a framework for being and acting in the world. Using my personal values as a basis, I have developed the following mission and vision statements to pillar my professional and personal development; these statements represent who I want to be but who I am has given life to this understanding. Mission Statement
I am a man of integrity, courage, and responsibility, which serve as instruments in achieving freedom, peace, and prosperity as I actively work in personal and professional development. My desire is to first change in myself the things I see as wrong in the world; from there, I will be a force of creativity and impact within my community. The following principles are core to aligning my values with my actions: • I will take responsibility for my self and my contribution to the world around me. • I will dedicate myself to growth and development, always giving my best. • I will embrace diversity and respect others. • I will be grateful and generous.
• I will strive to live by the mantra “Do no harm” in thought, word, and deed.
In the next five years, I will complete my Master’s degree and begin working on my own business plan. I will embrace empowerment through physical, mental, spiritual, professional, familial, and financial health and wellbeing. My life will be lived with intention as I seek to think, act, and be with integrity. My relationship with my self and others will greatly improve as I gain deeper understanding of life’s value and my purpose in it. More importantly, within the next ten years, I will write the book. I will dedicate the time, energy, and resources after having secured my degree to nurturing my creativity. Conclusion
This exercise outlines the importance of values in creating mission and vision statements. My personal core values have been italicized for easy reference. I will need to spend more time developing exact, measurable, and time-sensitive goals to guide my development; however, the mission and the vision statement offer a solid foundation for building these goals.