Kate wrote an interesting post last week about personal mission statements [PMS,eh?] at Blog to Discovery, which has generated quite a comment thread.
My last comment was:
I like mission statements, (habit #2, BTW) and I believe that writing a personal mission statement is just as important as writing a corporate version.
“It can get hard to remember that you came in to drain the swamp when you are up to your a$$ in alligators.”
(I grew up in Florida ;-))
Dealing with the daily interruptions and crises and customer requests and management screw-ups can knock you off the track of your main business (or personal) focus. Staying on-track is how you grow, putting out fires is not part of a personal development program.
So here is an idea and suggestion for those of you that have completed the exercise from this week’s 7 Habits post:
Print your personal mission statement on an adhesive label and stick it to the front of your planner. Or on your desk blotter. Or, well, anywhere that you look frequently, so that when you feel yourself getting blown off-course, you can get your bearings and correct.
Please take a picture of your label, stuck where you can see it, and send it to me at stephen [at] hdbizblog [dot] com. I will put them all up on Saturday as part of the review post.