Find Your Purpose
Find your purpose and make an impact by identifying your personal mission statement
Mission statements help you stay aligned with your values and ensure you’re focused on the way you want to impact the world. So, how do you create a personal mission statement?
It is essential not just to identify it, but also to shape it. You'll find that your personal mission will have various iterations throughout the process, and that is exactly what should happen. When you work on your personal mission statement, you'll first do some introspection. Later, you’ll develop it into a concise statement in both a short and long paragraph.
From there, it is time to share it with others.
"If you're passionate about something, share it."
—Dr. Thomas Funke, Co-Founder & CEO at Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences
A personal mission statement serves as a sort of compass in both your personal and professional life. It's about you finding your passion and learning how to live it.
Who do you share it with?
From people who are close to you in personal and professional spheres or even on social media — sharing your idea plays a critical role. You’ll get valuable feedback from your peers and network, but publicly sharing will also hold you accountable.
During the Mission Identification Trial Challenge at ToU, learners are asked to share their statements with their peers within the cohort, with personal networks, and even over the internet to gain a variety of perspectives.
"The challenge gave me great tools to find not just my personal mission, but my future project's mission. I find that having a mission makes it easier to take decisions and to win the game that you want to play. But honestly, the best part? To be in touch with an amazing community that really inspires and guides you to create a better world."
—Carmen Verona, Mission Identification Trial Challenge Participant
After you’ve built and shared your personal mission statement and shared it — it’s time to shape it.
This involves developing your personal board — the 3-5 people that are not only important to you but are ready to challenge your idea to make sure you're reaching your full potential.
You have your statement.
You have your personal board.
It’s time to set goals and turn your personal mission statement into a reality.
What is your WHY?
Once you declare your mission statement, you begin living it.
If you are interested in developing, sharing, and shaping your personal mission and your WHY in a dedicated community of change makers, the Mission Identification Trial Challenge is currently open. See what some recent participants had to say:
"I have been doing distance learning for ten years now but I must say that I was surprised by the quality of the challenge content and the sharing opportunities with other students. All the staff of Tomorrow University also supported me during the challenge. I am very excited by the mission statement I created during the challenge."
—Ettore Trozzi, Mission Identification Trial Challenge Participant
"I really enjoyed my experience joining the Mission Identification Trial Challenge at Tomorrow University. The lessons from the app and meeting sessions gave us really helpful mental models and frameworks that we could use to identify our authentic personal and collective mission in life truly. The way the challenge is structured also encouraged us to immediately try to put these mental models into action in our lives. I felt I could really hone in on my mission, adjust, improve, and gain clarity quicker than I would have been able to otherwise. I think it was also really important that we did this challenge together with fellow passionate learners from around the world. Hearing them speak about their mission in life, really made me more confident in embracing and articulating the details of my own. I really appreciate how kind and thoughtful all of my peers are with their input and feedback. I felt that we genuinely wanted the best for one another, and this spirit can be felt strongly throughout the challenge. The most important thing I take away from this challenge is that Identifying and living out a personal mission should be a constant ongoing effort in one’s life. Ultimately, we want our lives to benefit others in a meaningful way — and this challenge really gave us the tools and experience that I’m sure will continue to help us make confident steps in that direction."
—Reuben Nathaniel, Mission Identification Trial Challenge Participant
Co-Founder & CEO of ToU, Dr. Thomas Funke, has helped hundreds of change makers develop their personal mission statements — learn more about the challenge from him.