6. What is a Personal Mission Statement and What Should it Contain?


Ever thought about writing a personal mission statement? This summary of your goals and values can provide answers for your family about your wishes should life take unexpected turns, and provide a view of what you feel is important.

Interested? Listed below are a series of questions to get you started.

1. Your Children: If you were to die when your children were young, how would you want them raised?

  • Education: What kind of education should they have: private or public schooling; college educated? Do they have interest you feel should be encouraged?
  • Religion: Do you want them to be confirmed in a particular faith? What role does faith play in your life?
  • Health and Nutrition: Do you have goals for their continued health and physical fitness? Do you want your children to play sports or stay active?
  • Special Needs or Medical Needs: Do you have any concerns for a particular child? Are there any special medical needs that will need to be addressed?
  • Location: Do you want them to be raised in a particular setting, such as near their relatives, school, or church?
  • Hopes for their Future: What do you want them to be like as adults? How do you see them growing in the future? Are there choices that you would hope they would or would not make?

2. Your Health: If your health were to fail, what would you like to have happen?

  • Medical Care: Who will make your medical decisions for you if you can not? Are there particular steps that you would take, or medical treatments you would want refused?
  • Long Term Care: If you could no longer live unassisted, what kind of care would you want? Is in home the care best option for you, or is cost the driving factor? How do you plan on paying for long term care?
  • Assisted Suicide? How do you feel about assisted suicide? Would you want your health care agent to be able to remove you to a jurisdiction where this is an option?
  • Organ Donation: Are you a registered organ donor? If so, which organs: whole body to science or education; any organs or tissue for transplant or therapy; only internal organs or eyes?
  • Burial vs. Cremation: What do you want done with your person after your death? Do you have specific plans in mind? Have you prearranged anything? Do you want certain things to happen in a ceremony?

3. Your Values: What do you think is the most important lesson life has taught you?

  • Personal Achievements: List the things you have accomplished in your life that you find the most rewarding or of which you have the most pride.
  • Goals for the Future: List short and long term goals. Rank them by priority.
  • Things You Admire: List things you find worthy of accolade. Feel free to let your thoughts wander. Does the ocean fascinate you, do you love a well prepared meal, are sports your thing, or are you entranced by a well organized closet?
  • People You Love: List your family and friends by name and describe what you love about them.
  • Life Philosophies: Are there particular rules you try to live by? Do you follow the teachings of a particular faith? Are there things you have learned that guide your steps?

Maybe you think this is a bit much to bite off? After all, in today’s busy world who has time to sit and contemplate life and values? But, if you do not reflect on your life and capture your reflections on paper, who will do it for you? Take a minute today to start on your mission statement. It can be a legacy that will last through generations of your family. And who knows, you may find out a little bit about yourself in the process.

At WPD, we believe in personalized services that meet the needs of the individual. Initial estate planning meetings are offered without charge to allow the client to determine the services right for their needs. We believe that the role of the attorney in estate planning is as a counselor to help the client determine their needs based on their family structure and goals for the future. We believe in personal service for personal needs.

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