Steps to Writing Your Life Mission Statement
Put the Message into Practice
Follow up the weekly Dare to Dream message by creating your own life mission statement. Remember, you aren’t in this alone. If you are struggling through this process, please visit one of our Life Mission Statement discussion groups.
- At the Tipp City Campus, join Adult Discipleship Director Tony Miltenberger to develop your life mission statement ANY Sunday from January 13 through February 17, 11:30am-12:30pm in Avenue 504 & 505.
- At the Fort McKinley and The Point Campuses, join Tina Payne in Fort McKinley 4B to create action steps and start living your life mission statement ANY Sunday from January 13 through February 17, 11:30am-12:30pm.
Perseverance is often described as a steady persistence in a course of action despite obstacles and discouragement.
- As we begin to finalize our life mission statement, we must remember our dream is part of God’s bigger dream. How does your life mission statement fit into God’s picture?
- At the onset of our journey, we may not have all of the resources we need to attain success in our mission. What do you need to add to your arsenal in order to be successful in your mission? Are you prepared to receive those resources when they come?
- Moses went before Pharaoh 10 times. It was on the eleventh time that Moses achieved his desired result. Where in your life do you need to go back and try again? Have you given everything you can?
Resources are a source of supply, support or aid God provides that can be readily drawn upon to accomplish your B.H.A.G. The best part about these gifts is that ANY resource can be used to glorify your life mission given to you by God. The key to understanding your life mission statement is knowing all God's resources are at your fingertips.
- Take a moment to examine what gifts God has given you. Gifts of the Head - What do you know more about than most people? Gifts of the Hand - What do you do better than most people? Gifts of the Heart - What are you more passionate about than most people?
- Sometimes it can be hard to see the forest through the trees. Find someone in your life who knows you well, then ask him or her for wisdom on how to get started on your B.H.A.G. Leave the conversation with at least one key resource to help you get begin.
- One of the best resources available is your community. Take the rough draft or final copy of your life mission statement and share it. Use your life group, co-workers or Facebook as a test audience.
There is a huge difference between an obstacle and an excuse. An obstacle is something to work through, over or around, whereas an excuse stops you in your tracks.
- What tightly held excuses prohibit you from living your B.H.A.G.?
- Excuses aren’t always something we come up with on our own. Sometimes we claim self-limiting beliefs assigned to us by others. From what self-limiting beliefs do you need to break free?
- Becoming clear about your life mission statement means chopping away at excuses to follow the purpose God has for you. Take some time and write a prayer asking God to remove your excuses. List your excuses by name in the prayer.
We must realize where we have come from to know where we are going.
- What struggles in your life have you had to overcome? How have those struggles defined you?
- God can use all things to strengthen his Kingdom, and we are called to do the same. How can you share the lessons learned from those struggles?
- As you begin to write out your life mission statement, take some time to discern how your past can shape your future. Write down how important the lesson you learned is to your mission statement.
Once you have identified the qualities you value in your life (see Step 1 below), the second step is to ask some important questions of yourself.
Where do you see the greatest need around you?
Often our life mission comes out of places where we have identified gaps or holes that need to be filled, and we spend the rest of our life filling them.
How can I meet that need?
Rather than waiting for someone else to do something, maybe you are being called to be the miracle you want to see.
What are the gifts I bring?
Spend some time listing the gifts, talents, skills, experiences, passions and assets you possess, and see how those might play into your life mission.
Identify three people that you admire, and ask the following three questions:
- What are the greatest qualities that you think these people exemplify?
- What steps have these people taken to nurture these qualities that you admire?
- Why are these qualities important to you? How would your life be different if you lived into these qualities more?
This first step helps you to identify some key qualities and areas in your life you would like to develop into your Life Mission Statement. Bring this tool with you to the Life Mission Statement discussion life group.
Dare to Dream Facebook Event
Join our Dare to Dream Facebook Event to be part of the conversation. Interact with others who are developing their life mission statements and leave comments for the pastors.