Do you have family mission and vision statements?
 
mission-and-vision-statementsWhen you think of mission and vision statements, what comes to mind is for your business, correct?
 
Your family, just like your business, is a group of people.  At times everyone is completely aligned.  But mostly everyone is busy, heading in completely separate directions!  
 
In fact, as your kids get older, have you noticed that it’s much more like the latter, where everybody is doing their own thing?  
 
Besides the two of you as parents, there isn’t anything else that actually unifies you.
 
As you probably already know, this doesn’t happen by itself.  If you’ve done a great job raising your kids, they’re probably vibrant and have all kinds of ideas and opinions and dreams and agendas—which is all great.  But how do you create synergy?
 
Consider that by creating mission and vision statements for your family, what you’ll be doing is bringing you all together.
 
By anchoring everybody in co-creating family mission and vision statements, what happens is that you can then gently, lovingly and kindly hold each other accountable to live by and act from these very co-created statements.  
 
For example, let’s say you all agree that part of your mission statement is that you’re committed to is being loving and supportive of each other.  Then when one of you forgets this–whether it’s you or your spouse or one of your kids–then the rest of the family will be able to hold that person accountable and gently say, “Hold on a second, here’s our mission statement.  This is what we’re up to.  This is who we say we are for each other”, and welcome them back into the fold of being loving and supportive and still accomplishing whatever it was that they were after.
 
Have you noticed that children are rather like team members in your business?  Without shared commitments and clarity, your team members can act like your kids and be somewhat erratic at times, and even a little like Indiana Jones—wild and unpredictable!   

The power of co-creating mission and vision statements is that they give you a standard to live by.  They’ll be your compass to shepherd your family through challenging situations and difficult times, and will hold you together as a solid team.   
 
Do you have family mission and vision statements?

Let’s break them down and see how they can apply to your family.  Your mission statement is an expression of your purpose and answers the question: What are you here for?  Your vision statement is a declaration of your future.  It answers the question: Where are you going?  
 
As you go through the process of creating both, write them in the present tense.
 
Here is a sample of questions to use to create your family’s Mission Statement together:

  • What inspires us about our family?
  • How do we want to live each day?  
  • How do we treat each other?  
  • What are we committed to as a family?  
  • How do we contribute to each other and to the community?
  • What are our values?
  • What are we known for?

And here is a sample of questions to use to create your family’s Vision Statement together:

  • Where do we want to be in three (or five) years?
  • What do we want to have accomplished individually and as a family team?  
  • Where do we want to be living?  
  • How do we want to be as a family?  
  • How do we see ourselves in three (or five) years individually and as a family team?

Encourage your children, whatever age they are, to make up some dreams for themselves in addition to the family vision.  If they’re teens, they’re probably dreaming of going to college, and maybe also want to travel.  
 
Your vision will give you the future to live into. Does this mean that you all have to keep to the exact vision that you create over the next three or five years?  Absolutely not.  But what it will do is give you a future to live into–to explore and to adjust as you live into it.   
 
It’s a wonderful and fun process to play–not work!–together, and co-create your family’s mission and vision!  Have a blast with this and be dazzled by what you all come up with together!
 
It’s a rare family indeed that does this, because it’s almost unheard of to think of family as a team.  You’re about to become a visionary family by creating your mission and vision statements!  To help you discover the power of you and your family, and to connect to your purpose, click click HERE or go to http://igniteyourlifebook.com/21daychallenge to take the 21-Day “I AM a Gift to the World” Challenge.

To your magnificence!

Andrea Woolf

‘The Queen of Having It All
Author of Ignite Your Life! How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
Founder of IgniteYourLifeBOOK.com

Co-founder of WakeUpAbundant.com
Ambassador of Manifest Money, HowtoLiveonPurpose.com

P.S.  Andrea would love to hear from you!  Use the form below to send in your comment or question.

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