Mission Should Precede What, Why And How
I’ve been trying to decide in what order planning should happen. Most of the time we just do and don’t mindfully think about what we’re trying to accomplish. We don’t see how our plans fit in with our mission. If we do think about mission, we then don’t often think about what, why and how.
Mission should always be first. Having an overarching view of what our life is about should always be the starting point. If we don’t have a good value statement, then we might plan in a way that gives us the perfect solution to the wrong outcome.
Just to remind you, a good mission statement has less than ten words and should be able to be answered with a yes or no. The mission statement of Stage 2 Planning is to help make our clients’ lives better.
Sometimes not being able to tell others your mission is impossible because of personal turmoil. If you’re in that space, don’t make any major decisions until the turmoil is manageable.
After mission comes what. Once we know what our mission is we can then start looking at what we should do to help move our mission forward. This often is a goal or a destination.
A mission is never a destination and it’s important to know that along the way there are many stops. What we want to accomplish is a stop.
How is what we want to specifically do. Most of us are pretty good at figuring out how we should do something. We see an outcome we want to achieve and we put together the steps reach a destination.
Success should not be measured from the steps we take. Success should be measured in how the stops fit into our purpose and mission.
Why is always a good gut check. Once we know what we want to do and how we’re going to do it, we need to ask why. Why brings our ideas full circle. We’ve decided what we want to do, how to do it. Now we need to know why doing this particular project or activity is important.
I know that I’ve often spent a lot of time on a project only to ask myself what the point is. If I had gone through the process of making sure my activities tie in with what my personal and business mission I would have wasted much less time in my life.
What’s your view on these issues? Do you think this all a complete waste of time or do you think thinking in this way might lead to a better life? Please contact me at Jpatrick@stage2planning.com or click here to set a time to speak with me.
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