I wholeheartedly believe that everyone serves a purpose. Some search their whole lives to find that purpose because they lack guidance and planning. My husband and I have been together long enough and have had enough honest conversations to know that we didn’t receive the tools that would help us know how to fulfill our purpose. We are both grateful to have learned many things along the way that have shaped us into the people we are today.
One thing we knew very early in our relationship was the significance of family. We’ve managed to use our resources and become an amazing team with shared familial values. As a family blogger, it only makes sense to create a mission statement as a guide for our family. Living in multiple states caused my husband and me to rely heavily on one another. It taught us to ignore the non-essential and prioritize the needs of each individual within our household.
A family mission statement serves to guide your family in values and purpose. One is generally found amount high-functioning families. Stephen Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective Families” states that “the goal is to create a clear, compelling vision of what you and your family are all about.” Have you ever thought about what your family stands for or how you can serve your purpose as a family? I, honestly, had not had the thought until Mattie James, an influencer and blogger, introduced me to the thought. Most companies have mission statements that they swear by, so why didn’t it ever occur to me to have one for my family?
The mission statement should not just be created by the parent(s). Include children and allow them to answer a series of questions so that they can create their own mission statement that later will intermingle with the parent’s statement. We will, likely, leave this big task up to our oldest child since the smaller two may not appreciate the concept. However, we will get their input for sure. Considering that we have small children, we feel that we’re at an intricate time in their lives where they need to understand values and how they will need them as they grow and navigate through life. We are our children’s first teachers and this is an optimal time to incorporate them in the creation of the family mission statement. Be sure to reiterate the significance of values and goals. We plan to come together as one to create a mission statement that best defines our common goals.
In brainstorming to create your family mission statement, you want to be sure that you incorporate your faith. Some would encourage you to have your Bible handy and relate verses as they align with each value. Be sure to allow every member of the family to make suggestions and discuss everyone’s opinions. The family mission statement should be a piece of everyone and can take up to 6 hours to create. Take your time and don’t rush the process.
Use the following questions as a guide to start creating your mission statement:
- What is your family good at?
- What are the strengths of each family member?
- What does each person value?
- Name things you think the family could be better at?
- What are some goals for the family in the next 5 years?
- What are your family goals?
Find additional questions here and determine what can be utilized to assist your family. After creating the mission statement, be sure that you create the action list that helps ensure that you’re fulfilling the mission statement. Make sure that each family member understands their role and how they are helping meet the mission statement. Frequently re-evaluate the mission and statements to validate that you’re on tract. Make changes and needed and don’t hesitate to make changes as your family’s values change and grow. Display it in your home so it serves as a constant reminder of your family’s goals and unity. Remember that your family is strong and that together you all can and will accomplish anything.
So there you have why your family needs a family mission statement. Evaluate how you’ll leave your mark in the world, and if you’re a family with children guide them down the path that ensures that they’re intricate members of society.