“If it is to be, it is up to me.” – my Uncle Jack
My uncle was a very wise man who accomplished a great deal in his life, including founding a retreat center in south Florida that recently marked its 50th anniversary. When I was about 8 years old, he told me I would go far in life if I remembered the “ten two-letter words.” Every year, until his death when I was 30, my birthday card from him contained the message, “10-2.” I don’t think my Uncle Jack would have described that statement as his mission statement, but that is exactly what it was.
Find Your Voice. Start by clarifying your values and reflecting on your ideal image of yourself. How would you like to be seen by others? If you were to be honored for your lifetime achievements, what would you want your colleagues and family to say about you in their speeches? What is the most important thing you would want to hear about yourself, about your performance, and about your character?
Consider Stephen Covey’s 4 Questions:
- What am I good at?
- What do I love doing?
- What need can I serve?
- What is life asking of me?
Connect with your Advisory Board and get a reality check.
Now, here is the challenge… see if you can write your mission statement using no more than 10 words, and really, 5 should be plenty. Remember, it doesn’t have to be Shakespeare… an entire retreat center was built using only 2-letter words.