Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Musing:Do you have a mission statement?

I am starting on this week's musing on Wednesday. If all goes as planned, this will be post #999 for this blog.

Every once in awhile I think about the general goal of this blog. Most of the time it serves as a communications vehicle. What makes me feel the best is the reaction when I'm promoting other bloggers or their blogs. I like the fact that there everyone who comes here has a product worth promoting. I think the mission statement of this blog is to share my life, talents, and friends with the blogosphere.

I think that anyone who starts a blog and doesn't have a mission statement is dooming their blog to a short lifetime.

From Mission, here is the definition of a personal mission statement:

"A personal mission statement provides clarity and gives you a sense of purpose. It defines who you are and how you will live."

With a clear mission statement, I think blogging becomes easier. If you start a blog simply by copying someone's work, you steal from yourself by not revealing your own personality and purpose. The same applies for those who blog, trying to deceive others. Most people will be able to see through that. If you have, and live, a solid mission statement, I feel that you will go farther in your life than if you don't.

Do you have a goal when you blog? Or, as Zig Ziglar has put it, are you a wandering generality, or are you a meaningful specific?

One last thought: If you are one who is unemployed, or are possibly looking at unemployment, or even in the market for another job, a mission statement will provide the direction you need in the looking.


Ben said...

Good point - We've done this at work, but why not at home and individually? I'll have to think about that...

WZZP said...

Thanks for all you do!

Pat Jenkins said...

i find myself being in the wilderness far to often!!!

WZZP said...

Waiting for 1000. I had some Mr. Chicken in preparty celebration of POST 1000. It is all about your blog and the chicken!

74WIXYgrad said...

1000 is scheduled to post at 12:02AM.

SandyCarlson said...

Excellent prompt. I am thinking about this. I used to have my mission statement in my banner before I changed the banner. "To love the sacred and name it over and over again." Psalm 24.

God bless.

Syd said...

I think that I have a mission statement overall. There are days that I deviate a bit but basically I hold the course.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

This is an excellent post, Cliff. When I had my own business I had a mission statement, but now that my business is resting comfortably next to the Titanic (ie. on the OCEAN FLOOR!), I need to re-define what my mission statement is.
Thank you for the nudge!

I hope things are going better for you. You have been in my prayers.