I come across a lot of helpful tools in my life coaching business. They range from paper worksheets to simple concepts and “tricks” to help solve problems.
One of my favorites that I’ve come across in the last couple of years is the one-word mission statement.
How is a single word going to help with anything? I promise you, it works and for many people it works a lot better than a full-page mission statement.
Here’s what I want you to do.
- Pick a word that has meaning to you. You can do some research, maybe Google “inspiring words” or some similar phrase that will help give you a list to pick from. The only rule here is that it needs to be your word, not one that someone else has suggested to you.
- Once you’ve picked out a word, think about how it fits into your life. What would happen in the next six months or the next year if you really focused on applying that word to your life? If you’re happy with how that feels, you’ve probably picked the right word.
Say your word was “hope”. Think about the ways “hope” could be used as a mission statement.
You could be more hopeful.
You could inspire others to be more hopeful.
You could give others hope.
Maybe “hope” is too corny for you. It doesn’t matter what word you pick for your one-word mission statement as long as it means something to you. Your one-word mission statement could be “corncob” as long as that somehow relates to your life.
Once you’ve picked your word, write it down somewhere where you will see it often. If there’s room, also write down the definition of the word.
As different decisions and opportunities come up in your life, think about your word and how the particular thing you’re faced with relates to it. Bounce everything in your life off of your word and see where it lands.
Do that for a year and see where you end up. Chances are, by focusing on your one-word mission statement, your life will be filled with a lot more of whatever your word happens to be.
If you’re successful, you may want to stick with the same word for the next year. Don’t. Go through the exercise of picking a new word. That way you’ll be heading somewhere new and will be less likely to stand still.