The World Health Organization singles out stress as the “Health epidemic of the 21st century.” The cost of stress for American businesses is estimated at $300 billion - really, 300 billion $$$ dollars - each year.
These stresses top their list:
*Fear of violence and assault
*Longer and harder work hours
How do your stresses stack up?
Close your eyes and imagine yourself arriving at the office. What sensations arise? Anxiety? Anger? Physical Pain? Strength? Contentment?
Now ask yourself: “How often do I experience workplace stress? In what ways must I honestly acknowledge contributing to my own stress?
You are the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of your own workplace. Each day your choices inspire yourself and others. Your state of being powerfully influences the flow of your physical surroundings. Become aware. You need only one powerful reason to be a focused and productive CEO. Now, it's time to uncover that reason!
- Write down a list of your core beliefs and values.
- Look at your own past success stories.
- Think about how you want to contribute to the world, your family, your employer, your friends and community.
- Imagine both one short and one long-term professional goal.
You will notice themes and patterns in your answers, and from them your mission statement will soon emerge. A mission statement must become your guiding focus and mantra. It speaks to what you intend to accomplish. Define and redefine your mission statement over and over until it perfectly conveys what you intend to create.
You now are entering the early stage of finding your purpose!
Great real-life mission statements include these:
Oprah Winfrey: "To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be."
Sir Richard Branson: "To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes."
Nelson Mandela: “To contribute to the making of a just society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.”
A mission statement:
- Illuminates a pathway for success.
- Grants permission to say no to distractions.Is a snapshot of current expectations and provides a road map for achievement.