I am guessing that each one of us wants to lead a happy life. It turns out that one of the best ways to achieve happiness is to live with meaning.

But what is meaningful to you may not be what is meaningful to others. We are each unique. One great way to identify what leading a meaningful life means to you is writing a Personal Mission Statement.

A personal mission statement helps you to clarify what is important to you and helps you support your life goals. It also acts a guide in making life decisions both big and small.

A personal mission statement connects you to your “why,” and gives you a road map to living your life guided by your own North Star.

Start by answering these questions:

How do I want to show up for family, friends, community, work and the world?
How do I want to be remembered by the people who are important to me?
What are my core values? My goals? My priorities? Think about each of the categories above and also the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components of your life.
How do I envision leading a life based on the answers to these questions?

You can use use vision boarding, design thinking, expressive writing or the values exploration that I describe my step-by-step guide, How to Create a Family Motto. This guide will walk you through crafting mission statement unlike any other, even if you’re a family of one!

Happy Writing,

Melanie