I ran a workshop today entitled 'Raising Independent Children'. I often find myself drawing on the work of Steven Covey - The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. I use the ideas not only in my own life, but when I teach children and share it with them, in yoga classes and also when I'm coaching. I found a copy in a charity shop a few years back and keep it next to my bed.
Recently I've been 'getting' more the section on creating a personal and family mission statement so I shared this with the group today, Do you know what your personal and / or family values are?
Covey says - 'Each of us has an internal monitor or sense, a conscience, that gives us awareness of our own uniqueness and the singular contributions that we can make. "Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life... Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it."
A mission statement is not something you write overnight. It takes deep introspection, careful analysis, thoughtful expression and often many rewrites to produce it in final form. It may take you several weeks or even months before you feel really comfortable with your innermost values and direction. Even then you'll want to review it regularly and make minor changes as the years bring additional insights or changing circumstances.
Fundamentally it becomes the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything in your life. It allows you to think through your priorities deeply, carefully and to align your behaviour with your beliefs. You have a sense of mission'