How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00CWIK2I8
- Publisher : Grand Harbor Press (July 9, 2013)
- Publication date : July 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 766 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 40 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,863 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, falls short of providing a step-by-step guide on how to make your mission statement. It was more like a collection of not-so-connected stories of people who have approached this topic in different ways.
Not a very useful book in the end if you are looking to create an actual personal mission statement for your life.
The aim of the book: to persuade the reader to pay the price of time and write down the personal mission statement on the paper with permanent reconsidering one later.
The key idea: your mission statement is the best way to start with the end in your mind and describe what you want to be in terms of character and what you want to do in reference to contributions and achievements. There are 4 criteria of a good mission statement: it has to be timeless, contain ends (achievements and contributions) and means (based on unaltered principles), cover all your roles and deal with whole dimensions of human nature: body (physical, professional, well-being), social/emotional aspect (relationships), mind (intellectual facilities) and spirit (serve, leave the legacy).
The proof of the book’s worth: the author of the book wrote the renowned “7 habits of highly effective people”, and now he gives recommendations how to develop your most important life’s idea with other experts from the world leading leadership training company “FranklinCovey”.
The use of the book: 1. to put your personal mission statement on the paper eventually, or 2. to reexamine your most significant life’s idea right now, following what Victor Hugo once said, “There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
Then it acts as a launching pad for the reader to start on their mission statement with tips and tricks concluding every chapter and the book altogether. I'd recommend this to someone who knows they have big things to do in the world but desire to get their lives in order in order to do so.
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Why? Because, for all my enthusiasm, I never reached a point where Stephen actually told me HOW to write the statement (which, given the title, is something of a failure). Instead it gives longwinded anecdotes and waxes endlessly about how important and lifechanging a personal mission statement can be, even stating that mission statements which don't work have failed because they aren't written properly. But give an example of how to do it correctly? Explain things properly, rather than in empty, wishy washy language that doesn't actually mean anything? Forget it. This book's beginning, middle and conclusion was, "You should have a mission statement because they are good. Also, they should reflect your values." I left none the wiser. In fact, I learned more about his Highly Effective Habits theory, given that all of these habits were actually listed at the back of the book.
Also, it was ridiculously short, yet perplexingly padded out. I got to the end and was confused - surely that wasn't it? Had I only acquired a sample? Had I skipped chapters on my Kindle accidentally? I checked. Twice. Nope. Between this and the Highly Effective Habits, as well as the long list of other books written by the author at the back, I have concluded this is nothing but a longwinded advertisement amd money-making scam.
Want my advice? Don't buy this book, but do write a personal mission statement. Don't know how? Don't worry: neither do I.
A couple of the chapters are written by members of his organisation and feel like a natural part of the book. It is a nice thoughtful touch that he recognised his team in that way. The mission statement is there "to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy" and there is no doubt he achieved his own mission. The book ranges from lofty terms such as "highest and best use" to wise stories to demonstrate reflection on our values and emotions. it is challenging as one of the contributors points out how uncomfortable we are inclined to be when comparing ideal to actual. The book does not urge you to come up with a perfect mission statement, never to be challenged or changed. it invites you to dive in and get some words down and get perfect later. If you keep a journal it is worth recording your statement. Such things are fascinating to read a decade later for example even if you don't go on to make it something you regularly refer to. If instead of getting, your mission statement is about "giving, contributing, adding more" then I especially wish you every success.
I'm a fan of the 7 and 8th Habits but I don't feel this really delivers. It may also be important to note that several key chapters are NOT actually written by Mr Covey.
What this book essentially tells you to do, if you'd like a personal mission statement, is to go away and think about it.
I'm going to do just that; and perhaps that will help revise my opinion, but right now, I don't feel that this book has helped equip me for the task.