Recently I attended a retreat where part of the day introduced a closer look at the meaning behind mission statements. A mission statement offers intention and guidance towards ones goals and potential, often empowered by important values and beliefs. A common practice in organizations and companies is to have a mission statement that helps define and offer focus about what the organization does, its purpose, and values.
Also introduced as a component of self-care during this retreat, mission statements can also be created as a personal declaration that helps define meaning, intentional living, and our own values that guide and empower our work, life, and goals. It also helps strengthen resilience and compassion satisfaction, especially important for combatting compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and burnout. After reflecting on this practice more, I was inspired to create a mission statement collage to explore this idea deeper.
Before crafting the collage I used a provided template inspired by the work of Covey, Merrill, & Merrill (1997) that offered a series of “it is my mission to” prompts. I also discovered there are a lot of mission statement generators and builders online if you want additional help!
Creating this collage also will serve as a visual reminder to continue reflect on and refine.
It is my mission to
Live mindfully with intention and courage
Work creatively to help others
Continue growing and learning
Be grateful, calm, and present
Become open to what unfolds
Believe in humanity and the greater good
Promote hope and possibility
Strive for grace and presence
Seek understanding with integrity