The first time I read about Personal Mission Statements was in Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Today when everything seems full-throttle and we are pulled in every direction I think having a Personal Mission Statement can keep us focused and maybe grounded. Our Personal Mission Statement should touch on what we want to focus on and who we want to become as a person in this part of our lives. Think about specific actions, behaviors, habits and qualities that will have a significant positive impact on us for the next 3-5 years. This can guide us in our day-to-day actions and decisions. Questions to consider when developing our mission statement are: 1. What are our values? examples justice, kindness, honesty, freedom and self-reliance etc. 2. Who inspires us? What qualities do they have? 3. What do you want to improve about yourself? 4. What promises would you make to yourself? 5. Identify contributions and goals. An example of a personal mission statement is “My purpose through each day of my life is to have an expression of commitment to love my family and friends. I plan to cherish each of them. I plan to improve myself professionally and personally through education and open-mindedness so that I can advance in both my life and career in a way that I can enjoy and feel content.” Another “My mission is to be happy and to be part of making other people happy as well. I will do this by working with my personal development from my basic values and virtues.” My original personal mission statement was “To approach life with a sense of compassion. To live with integrity, listen to understand, be non-judgemental and a global citizen.” Since then I have added “embrace differences, encourage people to push their boundaries while holding on to their integrity. To value diversity and keep an open mind.” It does help as when I start to go down a road that feels or I know is not right I can refer back to my mission statement – that is the track I am focused on.