My Mission Statement

It’s rare these days to find a business or organisation that doesn’t have a mission statement, something that answers the question – Why do we exist? Over the past few months there have been a number of discussions within our workplace about CHI.L.D. Association’s mission statement which says:

“it is CHI.L.D.’s mission to support children and young people with language disorders

to achieve their educational and personal potential.”

It is this overall statement which, as in other organisations, guides decision-making and action, and provides a framework within which more specific goals and strategies are formulated.

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I first came across the idea of a personal mission statement several years ago while reading ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by the late Stephen R. Covey. In his bestseller, Covey suggests that a personal mission statement “becomes the basis for making major, life-directing decisions, the basis for making daily decisions in the midst of the circumstances and emotions that affect our lives…it empowers individuals with the same timeless strength in the midst of change.”

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The following is an excerpt from the personal mission statement I developed for myself after reading ‘The 7 Habits’:

  • I will prioritise those things which matter most and last longest
  • I will devote my time to improving myself and helping others
  • I will keep commitments that I make to myself and others

I keep my personal mission statement in electronic form on my phone where I see it regularly. My personal mission statement has become for me, as a mission statement is for an organisation, a guide for decision making and goal setting in my personal and professional life.

 

As parents of children with a disability and supporting professionals we face unique challenges every day. I highly recommend the practice of writing a personal mission statement on which you can base long- and short-term goals and decisions concerning the most effective use of your time, resources and energies.

Mission statement builder:

 

Example mission statement by a speech pathologist working with children who have autism:

 

Julie Leneham

Speech Language Pathologist

Let’s Talk Outreach Program

 

 

References

1. http://www.childassoc.org.au/

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_statement

3. http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/d/dog_basket.asp

4. https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php

5. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/156859471/7-habits-of-highly-effective-people-15th-anniversary-edition

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