How to Develop Your Family Mission Statement
Stephen R. Covey
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This family mission statement kit will help you: Unite your family around a common sense of purpose and mission. Develop more patience and the capacity to solve problems proactively. Strengthen you children and family members in a turbulent world. Eliminate ineffective family habits. Transform family life from a desperate, miserable, day-to-day grind to a family life rich with meaningful relationships.
upon your stated principles. Act upon them. Put first things first. Put your mission statement where it can be examined and explored, where you can go and study it against your behavior to see how well you’re living up to it. As Goethe put it, “Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it! For boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. Dream no little dreams.” The key to the power of a family mission statement is to actually live by it day to day and to keep coming back to it when we
a little older, involve them. If they’re teenagers, involve them significantly. Finally, I commend to everybody the supreme value of the process of long-term thinking, long-term planning in building powerful family mission statements that surround the accomplishment of worthy purposes, the fulfillment of worthy visions, and the adoption of worthy values based upon principles that everyone has participated on deciding. Not only deciding, but living by, both privately and publicly. I’ll close
right away than to put them away later. Do you like to hear me yell?” 9:59 pm: “That music’s so loud I can’t hear myself think. Go to sleep, or you’ll be late again tomorrow.” Parents often are constantly telling their kids what to do. There’s no real leadership, no companionship, no friendship, no common vision, no common purpose. No building of an internal compass, in either the parents or the children. Now consider, in contrast, a story of a family with a family mission statement: “Our
way to begin with the end in mind is to develop a mission statement, one that focuses on what you want to be in terms of character, and what you want to do in reference to contributions and achievements. It is based upon self-chosen values and principles. Every organization has some kind of mission statement or purpose statement, but few families have ever developed a family mission statement. Yet the family is the most fundamental organization in the world and perhaps the most important. The
promote their growth and happiness and their own capacities to develop their own family mission statements, and to deal with their challenges and problems according to that beautiful vision and the principles those mission statements contain. But here’s something to think about carefully. The opposite of a mission statement is the opposite of beginning with the end in mind: beginning with no end in mind, no intellectual creation, no envisioning of the future. In other words, to let life happen.