Portfolio Activity: Personal Mission Statement

Your Career Vision Statement  is a snapshot of what you want to achieve in your professional life based on your current core values and goals. This includes what you hope to accomplish professionally, the type of position to hope to attain, and the impact you think you can make through your work.

Your Vision Statement is “aspirational” and is designed to help you create a life map that both motivates and guides your decision making. It should inspire forward momentum regardless of where you are today and the gap between the present and the future represented in your vision.

The first part of creating your Career Vision Statement is writing a personal mission statement. This will help you identify what’s really important to you, and will help guide you in your decisions about particular jobs of careers.

Click the Assignment Tab above see the instructions on writing and submitting your Personal Mission Statement. You can also see an example mission statement worksheet by clicking on the Example tab above.

Your personal mission statement makes clear what you’re all about and how you define success. It establishes your core values and beliefs and will help you identify companies and careers that align well with your goals.

Click this link to access a google doc of this assignment, and then complete the steps below to develop your personal mission statement.  The link will open in a new browser window.  After you complete the activity in Google Docs, you can return to this window to upload your activity.

Personal Mission Statement Template

Step 1: Your Past Successes

Spend some time coming up with three or four examples where you have had personal success in recent years. These successes could be at work, in your community, in a relationship, at home, etc. Write them down. Can you find a common theme a common theme (or themes) in these examples?

Step 2: Your Core Values

Develop a list of attributes that you believe identify who you are, or are becoming, and what your priorities are. The list can be as long as you need.

Once your list is complete, try to narrow your list to the five or six of the most important values. Finally, order these five or six values bi importance, placing the most important one first on your list and the leas important one last.

Step 3: Your Desired Contributions

Make a list of the ways you could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could you contribute best to:

the world in general | your family | your employer or future employers | your friends | your community

Step 4: Your Goals.

Spend some time thinking about your priorities in life and the goals you have for yourself.

Make a list of your personal goals, perhaps in the short-term (up to three years) and the long-term (beyond three years).

Step 5: Your  Mission Statement.

Based on the first four steps and a better understanding of yourself, write a draft of your personal mission statement. We’ll continue working on this in future modules so don’t worry if it doesn’t seem quite right or perfect yet.

Once you have completed each step in your Google Doc

  • Read through your document one more time, checking for appropriate grammar and spelling.
  • Download a copy as a Microsoft Word document (File – Download As)
  • Submit your document by clicking on Start Activity below, and then Upload your Microsoft Word file.

Mission Statement example

  1. Past successes:
  2. a) Developed new product features for stagnant product
  3. b) Part of a team that developed a new positioning statement for product
  4. c) Helped child’s school with fundraiser that was wildly successful
  5. d) Increased turnout for the opening of a new local theater company

Themes: past successes all relate to creative problem solving and execution of a solution.

  1. Core values:

Hard-working | Industrious | Creativity | Problem-Solving | Friendly | Outgoing | Positive | Family-oriented | Decision-maker | Compassionate | Spiritual | Analytical

Most important core values (ranked according to importance):

Problem-Solving | Creativity | Analytical | Compassionate | Decision-maker | Positive

Most important overall core value: Creativity

  1. Identify Contributions:

The world in general: develop products and services that help people achieve what they want in life. To have a lasting impact on the way people live their lives.

My family: to be a leader in terms of personal outlook, compassion for others, and maintaining an ethical code; to be a good father and husband; to leave the world a better place for my children and their children.

My employer or future employers: to lead by example and demonstrate how innovative and problem-solving products can be successful both in terms of solving a problem and successful in terms of profitability and revenue generation for the organization.

My friends: to always have a hand held out for my friends; for them to know they can always come to me with any problem.

My community: to use my talents in such a way as to give back to my community.

  1. Identify Goals:

Short-term: To continue my career with a progressive employer that allows me to use my skills, talent, and values to achieve success for the firm.

Long-term: To develop other outlets for my talents and develop a longer-term plan for diversifying my life and achieving both professional and personal success.

  1. Mission Statement:

To live life completely, honestly, and compassionately, with a healthy dose of realism mixed in with imagination, and to know that all things are possible if one sets their mind to finding an answer.