Given the choice between manager or leader, you chose LEADERSHIP! This is your first decisive decision in your path to great leadership! This is a proud moment.
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Ok! Where do I start?
Your Mission! Your Statement!
Leaders turn vision into fruition. They figure out what is needed, set the goals, create action plans and execute! But before you take those BOLD first steps, you need to get back to the “VISION” part of the equation. Your first task… Create your MISSION STATEMENT!
The dictionary defines mission statement as – a formal summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual.
When I decided that I wanted to break out and start my own business I wrote down all the things I could do, the things I wanted to do and the things I didn’t want to do anymore. There was a lot of scribble on that piece of paper, but I was still missing something. What was in my heart to drive me to success? My real passion? What was my mission? So I put pen to pad and wrote my mission statement.
My mission statement, “I want to use all my experiences in life and business to help others achieve great success!” Simple, short and right to the point. This helped me focus on what I wanted to do and who to serve. And thus began my journey to develop and create what ultimately turned into my own speaking and consulting business, BerniePigott.com.
All mission statements are not the same. It can be personal, business or both. It can be short term or long term depending on what you want to achieve. Company mission statements are generally broken down into what it does for its customers, its owners and employees. For me, it was an overarching theme for what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, both personally and professionally, which was to serve others.
Everyone should have a personal mission statement of some kind, especially if you want to lead or are already in a leadership position. When you begin hitting your goals and finding success, your mission statement is a good check and balance in keeping with what you intentionally set out to achieve. Mission statements can change along the way as you grow. Keep writing them down until you find the one that works best for you. Just make sure your statement is inline with your values and who you want to serve.
Understand, that although I hit upon a mission statement that resonated with my inner core, it still was very broad. I had to narrow my focus and dig deep to really decide WHAT and HOW I could best fulfill my mission. This took time, sleepless nights, help from old and new friends and lots of tenacity. Just like layers of an onion, I had to peel away those layers until I got to the core, my niche. I will tell you this, IT WAS WORTH IT! So when you hit the wall, feel like giving up, DON’T! It will happen. Be PATIENT! You have something amazing to share that others need. Stay relentless in your mission!
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Bernie Pigott is a speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, media communications and crisis management. Mr. Pigott is a C-Suite Advisor for the C-Suite Network. He is a former Sr. Manager and Producer with over 20 years of experience in the news industry working for FOX News Channel, FOX News Radio and CNBC. He was the “go to” person when history making news events were happening live, including 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and many more. His high content, memorable programs include unique stories gleaned from his years of experience in the news industry. For bookings visit BerniePigott.com.