You’re not here by accident and you don’t have to live in chaos. Life WILL happen, bad days WILL be around, and decisions WILL need to be made. But you don’t have to live aimlessly.
With a mission statement, you can avoid craziness in your life and in your organization. Craziness will still happen, but YOU won’t have to go crazy. It can be very time consuming and it does require a lot of thought, but once you have a mission statement, you’re done. This isn’t something that should change every week or even every year. It should be the one constant in your organization. For the last part of the mission statement series, here are some tips on how to write it.
1. Write down three to five words that describe the business or non-profit. What adjectives best describe your organization? Make sure to think about where you want to go in addition to where you are today. Your values should never change no matter how big you get. These should be the foundation words that you build from.
2. Now that you’ve got some adjectives, think of the 3 W’s and H: WHO you are, WHAT you do, WHY you do it, and HOW you do it. You should be able to answer most of these questions from your adjectives, but a mission statement should answer these questions.
3. Look at other mission statements. The link below lists the company, it’s slogan, a description of what they offer and their mission statement. It’s a really easy-to-search site and saves you a lot of time by putting Fortune 500 companies in one place. http://www.missionstatements.com/fortune_500_mission_statements.html.
In case you were wondering, yes, Other Options Funding Finders has a mission statement. Here it is:
The mission of the organization is to provide small businesses and non-profits hope by offering expert advice and outstanding service through grant writing and other consulting services.
4. Once you’ve written your mission statement, stick with it. This might be the hardest part of the whole process. Sometimes order can bring about complacency and we want to stir the pot, but if you stand firm with your mission statement, nothing can stand in your way. Not even yourself. Continue to live out the standards of your statement and don’t change it for situations, people, or out of bordem and you will go far.
If you found this series to be helpful or have ideas for future series, please leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Don’t lose hope,