Purposeful Motherhood: Why Moms Need Mission Statements

Mission statements are for Fortune 500 companies. They’re for women who close deals, carry briefcases and wear their hair in something other than a ponytail.

I’m a mom. I change diapers, watch Sesame Street and listen to the “Choo choo Song” seven thousand times a day. Why do I need a Mission Statement? Isn’t that a bit over the top? What kind of mom does something like that?

A purposeful one.

I love this quote from G.K. Chesterton:

How can it be a large career to tell other people about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.

Leading a company or a country is no greater or more important than leading a child. Motherhood should be approached with just as much vision, passion and purpose.

Passion is something mothers have in abundance, but we are rarely taught to have vision and purpose. Today is a great day for that to change. Are you ready?

Why Moms Should Have A Mission Statement

1. Make Better Decisions.
A Mission Statement gives you a guideline to help you make wise decisions that benefit you and your family. It helps you to differentiate between the seemingly urgent and the truly important. When you need to simplify your life, you know what needs to go and what needs to stay.

2. Get A Bird’s Eye View.
Developing a mission statement is an opportunity to think big about your life. We get caught up in the day to day and lose sight of why we do what we do.

3. An Unwavering Reminder.
Mission Statements don’t have a monthly cycle. They don’t get discouraged. They don’t get overwhelmed. Having a Mission Statement is like having the best version of yourself beside you on your worst days, encouraging you to press on and pointing to the goal.

Homework

You read that right. Homework. Remember, the name of this blog is Inspired to Action. My job is to do the first part. Your job is to do the second part. We’re a team. Go team!

1. Print out the Mission Statement worksheet. Download it here. There is an example of how I have used it and a blank one for you. Put it someplace that you’ll see it often. We’ll discuss it and fill it out this week.

2. Pray. Spend 5 minutes today praying that God would give you vision for current roles in life and inspiring words for your mission statement.

(FYI – Sorry I didn’t post much last week. I’d felt better and then much worse. Thanks for your prayers, I think I’m definitely on the mend now.)

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post…this has seriously been on my heart for a couple of months now. It’s actually the reason I started blogging–being an intentional mom and making intentional decisions! Anyway…I woke up this morning feeling “blah” but now I have a project for the day! Thanks :)
    .-= Ally´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday–2/22 to 2/28 =-.

  2. Wow – what a fabulous quote! Encouragement as a new week starts; it’s not mundane, it’s purposed.

    Blessings….

    ….and Kat – my pesto recipe is just your basic boring one!! Lots of garlic, lots of basil, lots of olive oil and a wee bit of parmesan tossed in for punch. :)
    .-= Faith´s last blog ..Foodie Friday.. =-.

    • Faith – you know, I never tried the basic one. I think I looked it up online and ended up trying some fancy schmancy one – which was complicated and didn’t turn out well. I imagine I’d enjoy making and eating the regular one more. I’ll have to give basil pesto another try!

  3. Great post! I’m loving this blog! Keep ‘em comin!! :)
    .-= Catie´s last blog ..Links For The Weekend =-.

  4. Thank you for this post. A friend of mine and I have been batting around the idea of a Mission Statement for awhile now and this is a great place to start!

  5. Thanks for the continual “inspirations.” As an all-or-nothing thinker (trying to recover from that…), reminders to take small steps and stay focused on the big picture are really what I need.
    .-= Tiff´s last blog ..Playlists =-.

  6. Grandma B. says:

    You are so wise ,at times,f or such a young mom. I know it’s God leading you and He blessed you with such a wise Grandma. luv you

  7. wow, God is amazing. Do you ever realize how many things are put on our heart and then we “happen” to come across? This is true for the Mommy Mission Statement. In my “Intentional Living” Goal Plan I had said I wanted to make a Life Mission Statement and here you are!

    I will join in and work on this as well….

  8. I love your articles! This comment esp. spoke to me: “Having a Mission Statement is like having the best version of yourself beside you on your worst days, encouraging you to press on and pointing to the goal.” I get so scattered at times with what feels like a good idea, only to be discouraged at the end of the day that I strayed from the most important things. Thank you for this great series! I’m going to link to you on my blog : )
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Keeping Little Hands Busy =-.

  9. I am sending this to my small group right now. We are reading “Parenting By the Book” by John Rosemond, and were just talking last night about parenting with vision. Not getting caught up in the day to day behaviors, but teaching your children what is right and wrong so that they can internalize it.
    Thanks for this post. Awesome.

  10. That’s a quote I love, Kat! Thank you for keeping us focued in the midst of our daily chaos : ) I hope you will be fully recovered soon!

  11. Working on this at the moment… can you explain or expand on the master to do list?
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Hearty Pox =-.

  12. Kat,

    Just wanted you to know I am going to use your Mission Statement guidelines to take my new Bible Study through this fall. I will give you credit of course!

    We are also reading “Knowledge of the Holy” by Tozer – so a better view of God and right view of ourselves and His mission for our lives!

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