Hello Class. Welcome back to FIRE University, in today’s class we will be discussing the importance of creating personal vision and mission statements. Most of us are probably familiar with mission statements from seeing or hearing them at companies you’ve worked for. So to start lets define what they are.
A vision statement is what you would like to see yourself doing in the future. A great example might be “To have a job I enjoy that both pays a quality salary and offers a great work/life balance.” Another example might be “To live in an area I love and to have plenty of money to spend time with the people I love and doing the things I enjoy.” These examples are simple but profound enough to add clarity to where you would like to be someday. Once you have defined your vision statement it is easier to set short and long term goals that are designed to propel you towards that vision. Examples of these goals might be to start saving 25% of your annual salary, another might be to have a $100,000 saved by the age of 30. Yet another might be to travel and find an area that you really enjoy and then work on finding employment there.
A mission statement is a little more complex than the vision statement. A mission statement is a short statement defining what you are passionate about and usually includes something that is very important to you on a personal level. Some examples of personal mission statements are, “To create financial independence for me and my family. To use my talents and resources to enrich the lives of those around me and to help others reach their financial goals.” Another example might be, “To eliminate all debt in my life and prevent myself or others from falling into debt bondage. To improve the lives of those I love and care about through educating them about the dangers of consumer debt.” As you can see a personal mission statement is a short but sweet statement that sums up your main purpose and goal in life.
Of course there is so much more to life than money, so your vision and mission statement don’t have to include anything about money, but since money is how we facilitate trade both locally and internationally, we should be realistic enough to realize that like it or not it plays a major role in us being able to truly enjoy our lives. Financial Independence allows all of us to be able to make the decisions that affect our long term happiness, such as what part of the world we want to live, the types of creature comforts we choose to enjoy, and most importantly how we choose to spend our time.
Your homework for tonight is to create your own personal vision and mission statement. I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with and look forward to reading them.
Thank you for joining us and remember that we are not licensed financial advisers or tax professionals, please consult with your financial specialist before making any financial decisions.