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On a Mission

March 18, 2011

Time flies. I get a few blog posts up and think I’m back on a roll to regular blogging. And then two weeks go by, and all I have to post is a personal mission statement. No really.

I’ve never been a big believer in mission statements. Seems a little fluffy; you know, makes me think that saying “a little less talk, a lot more action.” But as many things, a lot of the value is in the process of creating it. The company I work for is so great about providing coaching and employee development that actual ends up being personal development. In the last few months, I’ve done my fair amount of “soul” searching; getting to know myself to I can figure out how to be my best self. Here are several of the exercises I’ve done, and their results.

Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ISFJ.

Six Core Values (I think this exercise came from a John C. Maxwell book, Developing the Leader Within You – I could be way off):
Balance
Wisdom
Loyalty
Trust
Structure
Creativity

Strengths (via Now Discover Your Strengths, StrengthsFinder 2.0 – highly recommend this read for anyone, personally or professionally!)
Harmony
Responsibility
Individualization
Deliberative
Analytical

And finally, a mission statement. Had the help of the Franklin Covey mission statement generator, but kept in mind the very common theme in much of these other exercises. This exercise wasn’t easy. Took me three times trying to fill it out genuinely to finally submit it. But in the end, I narrowed my mission statement down to this (which the third part, if I follow it, hopefully means more photo-taking and posting!)

To gain wisdom, and use it for the good of myself and those around me.

To live in harmony with my surroundings, and create harmony where it is needed.

To notice and create beauty, and seek regular opportunities to breathe in it.

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