What is you mission? Do you know what is your purpose or calling? Have you taken the time to determine what you are called to do and how you will measure your success? As humans we have the opportunity to determine what we will do and how we will do it. We can choose to live a life with a purpose, to pursue a mission. If you are a leader knowing your mission is critical to the success of your team. A vision alone will not create success for you or your team.
When you share your vision as a leader you are creating a picture of success for your team. By taking it one step further and sharing a mission statement you give your team a framework that defines how they will help create that success. The mission is task oriented and so is action oriented. This gives your team the start of a road map to reach success. The mission statement becomes a compass and helps determine direction for your activities and those of your team.
A mission statement clearly identifies your purpose and identifies measures of success. It provides a simple and easy message of the primary objective for you and your team. A well done mission statement sets the stage for setting goals throughout an organization. Aligning individual, department, and corporate goals with the mission allows everyone to understand how they connect to the bigger picture of what is to be done. That alignment helps with engagement because people know how they are contributing to the overall mission.
Missions are translated a series of tasks or activities to reach the goal specified in the mission statement. This translation helps break down the mission into actionable steps people can take to reach the goal. The goal is often tied to the vision which defines the purpose in terms of values. The vision is often a statement of the experience people will have with an organization and may be directed to external customers or shareholders. The mission defines how the internal team will bring the vision to life.
So as a leader you need to create a vision of the future for your team and to help guide them on their journey to success you need to give them a mission as well. The mission statement can become the rallying point for team efforts which creates momentum and success. Share your vision and mission often with your team so they know where they are going and how they will get there. Keep your mission fresh and consistent with your current situation. Make changes if needed to adapt to new opportunities.
As 2014 approaches take time to review your personal mission and your organization’s mission. Is your purpose clearly defined and aligned with your current circumstances? Start planning for how you will accomplish this mission in 2014 so you can hit the ground running as the new year begins.
To explore more about Leadership and Mission join me as I co-host the Lead With Giants TweetChat with Dan Forbes on Monday December 16th at 7:00 pm (#leadwithgiants). We would love have you share your ideas and thoughts around this topic.
This is a time of the year when many of us look back on what we accomplished during the year. Did we achieve our New Year resolutions? Did we move closer to our big life goals? There are a wide variety of similar questions we ask ourselves whenever we reflect on our success. It’s important to reflect on our achievements and understand what we accomplished. However, it’s even more important to look at what our vision and mission really are and how do we get there. This is a great time of the year to identify how we can move forward in our life. We then set the stage for even greater achievement after the first of the year.
To achieve anything we have to first envision what it is we want. These may come in the form of written goals, a clear vision and/or mission statement, a vision board or just a deep sense of what we are called to do. Being clear on the desired endpoint is a critical step in reaching it. How do you know what to do if you aren’t clear on where you are going? This clarity takes time to develop; you must get in touch with your skills, your passion and who you want to be in the world. Establishing that vision of your future world creates a mindset that allows you to start moving towards it with purpose and determination.
Once you know where you are going it’s time to get moving forward. It can be hard to create a vision for the future but it’s even harder to take action to get there. Dreaming is so much easier than getting down into the trenches and working hard to reach your goal. Part of the reason taking action is so hard is because we of goals think in terms of grand accomplishments or big projects. Instead take the time to identify the first simple steps you need to take to reach your goal. This is about what can you do first, then what would come second, then what’s third. Start with the first things to do and the steps required after that will become clear.
You really don’t need a plan of action that details every single thing you must do to reach your goal. In fact, if you spend time creating that detailed of a plan you are closing the door on flexibility and new opportunities. As well, you set yourself up for failure. If you have a highly detailed plan and a detour comes up that is the right thing for you to do it creates a conflict – do I go with my plan or the detour? Many then get stuck or start second guessing their decision. This stops them from moving forward and they end up not reaching their goals.
So look at your goals and ask yourself these questions to get moving forward today:
- What can I do today to move towards my goal?
- How can I take advantage of the resources I have at hand to help reach my goal?
- Who could help me move forward today?
- Where can I learn a needed skill or gain a resource I need today?
- Why am I procrastinating on working towards my goals?
- If I take no action today when will I take that next step?
Moving forward towards your dreams and your goals is a series of small steps that ultimately get you where you want to go. You just have to take the first one to start moving forward. As you move forward your goals will get closer to you and you will find the next steps to take in front of you.
What step will you take today?
If you are stuck and would like help figuring out how to start moving forward contact me for a Jump-Start Coaching Session.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
W. Clement Stone
Have you identified what you want to do with your life? As 2013 draws to a close it is the time to be looking ahead to what you will accomplish in 2014. Determine what you want to do over the next year and start creating an action plan to make it happen. Now is the ideal time to get the ball rolling so that as the calendar turns to 2014 you will already be moving forward in the direction you have chosen.
If you, or someone you know, would like help in developing a clear mission and a strategy to achieve it, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.