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 a particular interest that you feel should be encouraged?
  • Religion: Do you want them to be raised 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 or emotional needs that must 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? Are there choices that you would hope they would or would not make?
  1. 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 cannot? Are there particular steps that you would take, or medical treatments you would want, or that you would want refused?
  • Long-Term Care: If you could no longer live unassisted, what kind of care would you want? Is in-home care the best option for you, or would a care facility be a better fit? Is cost the driving factor? How do you plan to pay for long-term care? Have you considered long-term care insurance?  Is Medicaid an option?
  • Assisted Suicide?How do you feel about assisted suicide? Would you want your health care agent to be able to relocate you to a jurisdiction where this is an option?
  • Organ Donation: Do you wish to make anatomical gifts, if possible? If so, which organs: Whole body to science or education? Any organs or tissue for transplant or therapy? Only internal organs or eyes? Are you a registered organ donor?
  • 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, or not happen, at a memorial service, wake or funeral?
  1. 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 for which you have the most pride.
  • Goals for the Future: List short-term and long-term goals. Rank them by priority.
  • Things You Appreciate: 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 impressed 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 personal 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 Navigant, we believe in personalized services that meet the needs of the individual. We offer and initial estate planning meeting without charge to allow you to determine the services that are right for your 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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