What do you think of when you hear mission statement?  Most people say it sounds very corporate, something that organizations do to share their vision.  What comes to mind when you hear “personal mission statement”?

Michael Goodman says a personal mission statement is “an articulation of what you’re all about and what success looks like to you.”  It is what is important to you, but it goes a step beyond just what is important.  Your personal mission statement carries with it a tremendous power and strength. 

You are probably thinking, “OK, Lesley.  What can a personal mission statement really do for me?”  It can direct your current career.  It can guide your long-term career journey.  It can ensure your legacy.

Here are some examples that may resonate with you as you think about the individual these statements belong to:

“To be a teacher.  And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.”               -- Oprah

“To help people find hope after loss.”            --Dr. Gloria Horsely (renown grief counselor)

“To unlock the gifts in others so they can live out their mission.”                   -- Lesley O’Rourke

Writing a mission statement often conjures up images of a long, tedious process.  However, it does not need to be so.  I have a simple formula that will help you pull it together:

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Once you uncover your God-given gifts, the strengths that are inherent to who you are, and pair those with your values, the things that are of utmost importance to you in your life, you have all of the pieces needed to assemble your personal mission statement. 

That’s right – you have all of the foundational necessities to become as successful as Oprah!  She is an amazing example of someone who zeroed in on her gifts and values and then executed against them.  And you can do the same!

Lesley provides individualized coaching to professional moms who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers.  She helps working mothers uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world.  Lesley has helped professional moms from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education.  If you are ready to create your personal mission statement and take action on living it out, contact Lesley here for a free live call to get you started.