The band Fun.sings a song called Some Nights where they sing ” some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck, some nights I call it a draw.” While I am not particularly sure what the lead singer means by “cashing in . . . [his] . . . bad luck” I think it has something to do with all these bad things that are happening to him and they are happening all at once. Sometimes he is able to stand up against the bad enough that he and his bad luck “call it draw.” But overall, as he mentions later he does not know “who he… [is] and “what he stands for.” He is in a conundrum and needs purpose in his life. Something that goes along way to helping someone who is not sure where they stand or what is their ‘mission statement, ‘
A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company or organization, its reason for existing (Wikipedia 1). An example of a mission statement would be Starbucks who on their website http://www.starbucks.ca write (2):
Starbucks™ Shared Planet™
Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ is our commitment to do business in ways that are good for people and the planet.
It’s our commitment to purchase only the highest quality, ethically sourced and responsibly grown coffee. To reduce our own environmental footprint and fight climate change. And to give back to the neighbourhoods and communities we’re a part of. Thanks to the customers who buy our coffee, together we are able to make – and make good on – these commitments on a truly global scale.
We’ve always been committed to doing business responsibly and conducting ourselves in ways that earn the trust and respect of our customers and neighbours – from creating a great workplace to ensuring our customers have access to nutritional information on our products. Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ means focusing on the core areas where we have the biggest influence – ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement.
Above all, Starbucks believes in engaging, collaborating and openly communicating with our stakeholders. Since 2001, one way we’ve tried to do this is by producing a Global Responsibility Report that details our efforts to do business responsibly.
But I think individuals have mission statements of their own as well; things that they “stand for” and what they want to achieve in life; things such as goals, where they want to be 5 years from now, ways they can better themselves, morals, responsibilities, and personal beliefs.And I do not know about you but I feel very lost in life without some purpose.I also feel that a mission statement is something that you can look at to give you purpose and keep you on track, such as it does in the business world. But people change, companies change, so I also believe that a mission statement can change with you. Certainly 10 years down the road from now you might care for different things in your life then you did before. Then again somethings may never change such as religious beliefs, the importance of family, or the desire to help people.
If I think about my own personal mission statement – or my set of values that make up that mission statement I think of :
– the importance of family
– being a Godly person
– being someone who can help and share her life with others
– being someone who is open to new ideas and has a thirst for learning
– to not hurt other people whenever possible
– to share God with other people
– to be accepting of other people, because you cannot even imagine how differently each person thinks; we always think people are like us; but really few are.
– to be creative with writing and drawing and in other areas of my life
– to take care of my dog and other pets
– to take care with my appearance as you only ever have one first impression with other people
-physically care for myself with exercise, watching what I eat etc.
– to get back to working part time
– to be a certified interior decorator
So this would be my personal mission statement and you could then write that into a paragraph, stick it on your wall and see what guidance it gives you in life. I encourage you to try it. As important as it is where you come from, life is also what you make of it, what your future will be.
Starbucks. Responsibilities.Page 2. 10 Oct 2012. <
YMCA of Edmonton. “Who We Are – Mission/Values.” Page 2. 10 Oct 2012.