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Personal mission statement
This should reflect your core values, be your higher calling at work, and sustain your motivation to not only keep going, but to keep improving.
T here are few things in my life that have fueled my desire to thrive in my profession more than my personal mission statement. My personal mission statement reflects my core values, is my higher calling at work, and sustains my motivation to not only keep going, but to keep improving.
Before I connected with my mission, my motivation for completing projects was that I was helping my clients, increasing my monthly billing, getting a larger bonus, and working as a part of a team to get the project done. These are all important and good things. They each have had their place in my life, but they were not inspiring. I love what I do. I get to work on projects all over the country designing systems to provide construction workers arm’s length access to bridges and buildings, and designing systems to structurally support the bridges and buildings. I get to be creative. And, I get to train others to do the same. But, even though I love my career, my motivation to complete projects fluctuates. I was grasping at external fixed-end motivators that were neither leading me to a higher calling nor were they sustainable.
My motivation fluctuations got me thinking – could there be something that provides sustainable motivation? My question led me to ask others these questions: 1) What is your personal mission statement you work by? 2) What is your number one priority at work? I got answers like “bill as much as I can,” “get more clients,” and “design safe systems.” Again, all good things, but I do not believe these provide long- term inspiration to keep going. To be effective and sustainable, I believe a personal mission statement should be your heart’s song. The thing you connect with to your core. When you’re supporting your clients, developing your
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