Monday, September 12, 2011

A Family Mission Statement that MAKES a Statement (Blog Hop)

A Mission Statement that MAKES a Statement
©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson

The very fact of having a family mission statement makes a statement all its own, and that statement is one of unity. Establishing and honoring shared goals is an important component of every good team, and family-building is definitely a team sport.

With unity as the focus, it becomes especially important for your family to create its mission statement together. Every member (large or small) should have a seat at the drafting table, or the final product won't mean enough to anyone to fulfill its purpose.

A good mission statement is more than a bunch of words strung together because they sound
noble, nice, or noteworthy. The final product should be the sum of all the ideas and input your family group can brainstorm about itself, pared down to whatever carefully, prayerfully chosen and worded thoughts best represent the whole. 

A good basic format for the family mission statement might be:

Accomplish X by doing Y, in order to become Z.

If this formula appeals to you, here are a few tips for fleshing it into a full-blown statement:

X should be a broad, umbrella type of phrase that sets out an overriding goal for the family.

(Example: To achieve our eternal potential as individuals and family members...)

Y should be four specific ways by which you wish to accomplish that goal.

(Example: "being true to ourselves, our beliefs, and each other," "honoring The Savior and
His sacrifice in all we do," "remembering our purpose on the earth," and "doing all we can to
fulfill that purpose.")

Z should be four qualities you want your family to achieve through these methods.

(Example: ...In this way, we can become more "good," "grateful," "giving," and "godly.")

The entire mission statement, in this case, would read:

"To achieve our eternal potential as individuals and family members by being true to ourselves,
our beliefs, and each other; honoring the Savior and His sacrifice in all we do; remembering our
purpose on the earth; and doing all we can to fulfill that purpose. In this way we can become
more good, more grateful, more giving, and more like our Heavenly Father."

You may want to tweak the language a little bit to make it more pleasing to your ears. For
example, I got tired of the alliteration at the end and decided to change "godly" to "like our
Heavenly Father." (I also felt that the new wording would be more specific, which is always a good
thing when you want to affect behavior.)

In closing, I would suggest that you actively utilize your family mission statement. Don't just call a
family meeting, compose a statement, and move on. Learn those chosen words by memory. Recite
them regularly as a family. Use the mission statement as a measuring stick for family behavior.
Post it where all of you can see it every day and be reminded what your family is about. Live by it!

You'll be glad you did.

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Need help getting started on your family mission statement???

Here is a worksheet for you to download with questions to help you create a family mission statement that is truly tailored to your family.  Click the link below to download your own family mission statement questionnaire:  Family Mission Statement Questionnaire

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  1. excellent. I wonder...did we ever do that on our own, before this became an in thing to do. OR did we just repeat repeatedly what we expected from you all?

  2. This is great! Can't wait to try these ideas! :)

  3. good idea, it's also a good idea to have a mission statement as an kind of like an action plan for your patriarchal blessing

  4. I love this. Thank you for the helpful questionnaire. I know what we are doing for FHE tonight =)

  5. Excellent tips. I think the most important thing is that it reflects you and your family. Great process guide.

  6. Thanks for the questionnaire! I will have to use this for my family!

  7. This is what we are doing for FHE tonight I hope we can come up with something good. Thanks for sharing the questionnaire I hope this well trigger some great thoughts from my family.

  8. Yet another gem from Sue! I love Sue's writing, and am inspired by this simple step by step approach to making a meaningful family mission statement. Thanks Sue!

  9. What great ideas to consider! Thank you.

  10. I am a concrete thinker, so I love, love, LOVE your X,Y,Z format. Thank you! We'll be revising our statement for Family Home Evening tonight! Yay.

  11. Great post!! I just printed it and I know what we are doing for FHE tonight!

  12. Great ideas, I especially love the questionnaire. I was guilty of having my family compose a mission statement and then moving on. Well, it's back out again and starting with tonight's FHE we'll be going over our mission statement regularly.

  13. This questionnaire is awesome!!! thank you!

  14. Great ideas, thanks for posting!

  15. Sue is amazing! I can always count on her for a comment and a response when I post. It feels like at least one person is there!

    By committing to memory a family motto, statement, etc. in the moment of need it will be recalled and hopefully save in that moment or bring love.

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  17. Love the questionnaire! Thanks so much!!

  18. No "official" family motto or mission statement yet... but just wanted to say: thank you for the great post :)

  19. @Wendy...don't do it! :) And yes, Sue is the best commetor in the that even a word?? :)

  20. Ok, I've been thinking about this for years, so it's time to get serious. FHE, anyone?

  21. Thanks, I've been at a loss for HOW to do this.

  22. Great ideas! I'm so inspired!

  23. Great ideas! I have been thinking of a great way for our family to draft our mission statement.

  24. maybe I could use this for FHE...

  25. We used these tips and had a blast discussing our family! Thank you!