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This past week, during my reading on LinkedIn, I came across a post a colleague had. It mentioned having a personal mission statement—not for a business, but for yourself.

It honestly sounds like a brilliant idea! Looking back on last week’s blog post and podcast about embracing purpose, it is well aligned! Dr. Atcheson had posted it:

Having a personal mission statement is important for several reasons:

  1. Guidance and Direction: A mission statement serves as a compass, providing a clear direction for your life. It helps you stay focused on what truly matters to you and guides your decision-making process. With a mission statement, you are less likely to feel lost or aimless, and more likely to make choices that align with your values and goals.

  2. Clarity of Purpose: A well-crafted mission statement helps you understand your purpose in life. It goes beyond daily tasks and short-term goals and delves into the deeper meaning and impact you want to create. Knowing your purpose can bring a sense of fulfillment and motivation to your endeavors.

  3. Priority Setting: Life can be filled with numerous demands and distractions. A mission statement helps you prioritize your time, energy, and resources toward activities that align with your mission. This reduces the chances of getting sidetracked by less meaningful pursuits.

  4. Empowerment: A personal mission statement empowers you to take ownership of your life. It puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to create a life that reflects your authentic self and aspirations.

  5. Consistency and Resilience: When faced with challenges or obstacles, a mission statement can serve as a source of strength and Resilience. It reminds you of your larger purpose and helps you stay committed to your path, even during tough times.

  6. Building Meaningful Relationships: Knowing your mission can attract like-minded individuals and foster deeper connections with others who share similar values and goals. This can lead to more fulfilling and supportive relationships.

  7. Personal Growth and Development: Crafting a mission statement requires introspection and self-awareness. It encourages personal growth as you delve into your values, strengths, and areas for improvement. Additionally, as you work towards fulfilling your mission, you are likely to learn and grow along the way.

  8. Measuring Progress: A mission statement allows you to track your progress over time. You can assess whether you are staying true to your mission and making the desired impact in your life and the lives of others.

  9. Inspiration and Motivation: During times of uncertainty or when facing difficult decisions, a personal mission statement can be a source of inspiration and motivation. It can remind you of the bigger picture and why your efforts matter.

  10. Legacy and Impact: Your mission statement can extend beyond your lifetime, leaving a lasting legacy. It provides a framework for the impact you want to have on the world and can influence future generations positively.

A personal mission statement is a powerful tool that provides clarity, purpose, and direction in life. It empowers you to make meaningful choices, fosters personal growth, and contributes to a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.

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Sapna Shah-Haque Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She was born and raised in Kansas, and attended medical school at the University of Kansas [KU] School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at KU-Wichita as well. After experiencing burnout herself, and watching other physician colleagues burn out, it became a passion of hers to look into different aspects of burnout. While the system does need to change, as it is broken, this podcast is a way to reach physicians and possibly shed light on what is not an isolated situation.