In a few weeks, I will be off work for the summer. For me, going from structured days to being able to do anything anytime is a bit disconcerting.
I enjoy my time most when I have a sense of direction. Hence I’ve brainstormed vision, mission, and values statements so I can enjoy my summer to the fullest.
Vision Statement: To me, a vision statement is a picture of what I’d like things to be like; it’s an ideal. Here’s mine:
I see myself connected to and led by my higher power. I envision myself as clear on what I want to do and experience each day. My life is nicely paced and moves in rhythm with my family, friends, and my environment. My mind, body, spirit are in harmony which results learning, growth, and physical health.
Mission Statement: A mission statement, to me, is a broad description of my goals or what I’d like the results of my labor to be. It’s a tad more specific and grounded than my lofty vision statement.
My mission is to enjoy my days the best I can and to accept when I can’t. I want to make the house as beautiful and clutter free as it can be given my time, energy and financial resources. I want to spend time with friends, family and reconnect and develop the most satisfying relationships possible. I want to develop a good relationship with myself. I want to find health. I’d like to foster my own creativity
Values: A few years ago, I worked with a life coach to develop my core values. I’d like to take some time to determine if I want to keep them as they are or if I want to develop some others that fit best with my summer. Ultimately, a values statement, to me, is what shows how you’re going to do something. Following one’s own ethics while achieving goals is “très important” in my book—possibly because I see so many companies going about things in ways I find unethical.
I value peace, love, service, integrity and creativity.
There you go! My Vision, Mission and Values.
Have you ever thought of creating vision, mission and/or values statements? Do you have a sense of your vision, mission and values without writing them down? Are you someone who likes to think about broad concepts like these or do you prefer to get into the nitty gritty “here are my goals”-type thinking?