Preview: Learn three benefits of mission statements that will inspire you to write them for you, your family, and your homeschool.
From the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed, I am busy. As a homeschool parent, it seems that my job is never done. There were days that I sat down after dinner to read to my children, and they had to poke me in the side because I was slurring my speech as I fell asleep! I knew something had to change, but I wasn’t sure what.
Have you felt that way too? You knew you wanted to live purposefully and invest your time in what matters most to you. You probably knew deep in your heart that you couldn’t do it all, but how do you determine what to do and what not to do?
That’s where vision and mission statements come in! In short, they help you make decisions in all aspects of your life. We often hear about a business’s mission statement, but they apply to individuals and families too! In this article, you’ll learn three benefits of mission statements that will inspire you to write them for you, your family, and your homeschool.
Mission Statements Set Your Course
Too often, we get so caught up in the day-to-day activities of life that we lose sight of the big picture. It is easier to micromanage my daughters’ days. When I keep in mind our long-term goal of being capable of managing their time effectively before they graduate from our homeschool, I can choose to step back and allow them to develop those skills.
Starting in middle school, I start turning over responsibility to them for managing their day. I help them learn how to plan their day, avoid distractions, and celebrate their successes. In the beginning, I am very involved in the process by reminding them to set timers, stay focused, and make wise choices.
As they demonstrate the ability to manage their day, I back off and allow them to choose how to use their time. This is challenging for all of us! They are still developing time management skills and have to learn how they want me to help them.
They also have to learn how to respectfully remind me that they are old enough and capable enough to make their own choices and deal with the consequences. I should no longer micromanage them. I have to let them discover how they work best.
Because I know that we want to develop healthy family relationships and want our children to acquire the life skills necessary to succeed as adults, it is easier for me to apologize and allow them to make their own choices.
Mission Statements Provide A Decision-Making Framework
We knew what we wanted to achieve through homeschooling—to raise children who were equipped and capable of fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.
With that goal in mind, I could make decisions about curriculum and activities without worrying that my children were missing out. I rarely second-guessed my decisions because I knew they aligned with our vision and were helping us take a step closer to our goals.
Our homeschool mission statement allows me to make decisions regarding our homeschool with confidence. Instead of getting distracted by new books, curriculum, and activities, I keep the end goal in mind.
Mission Statements Unify Your Family
A lady at church walked up to me one Sunday with a big smile on her face. She said, “Do you know what your daughter said when I told her I like seeing her serve around church?”
I replied, “That’s just what we do?”
She laughed and said, “Yes! And she says that when you aren’t even around!”
I smiled and thanked her for the kind words of encouragement. While I could view this as a pat on the back, I knew it was so much more than that. It was not about the image my daughters portrayed to others. It wasn’t about looking good.
It is what they do even when others are not looking. Our family serves. My husband and I belonged to a co-ed service fraternity while in college. We felt that was so important to us that we included it in our family’s mission statement: “Love and worship God. Love and serve others.”
We worked hard to find opportunities to serve alongside our daughters and helped them learn how to serve others. It wasn’t always easy. Some opportunities to serve others were just plain difficult. But the lessons we learn and the way we grow during those times are part of what makes it all worth it.
So no, I wasn’t surprised by my daughter’s reply. I was proud and happy to see that what we had been trying to instill in our daughters had taken hold. We created a family culture of service as we lived out our family’s mission statement.
When everyone knows the end goal, it inspires and mobilizes them to achieve that goal together.
Mission statements are like a compass that helps you stay on course to reach your destination. You don’t have to have a mission statement to achieve your goals, but it does smooth the process so that the road is not so bumpy.
Not sure how to write a mission statement? Not to worry! The free Write Your Mission Statement Guided Work Session will walk you through the process step-by-step. At the end of this free guided work session, you will have a draft of your mission statement. You can work on your personal, family, homeschool, or business mission statement.
Imagine what your days would be like if you knew where you were headed, could make decisions with confidence, and your whole family was working toward achieving the same goal. A mission statement will help you lower your stress level, avoid decision fatigue, and create a unique family culture.