HipWriterMama has a Can Do Mission Statement challenge going. As incentive for baring your goals to the internet world, there are even prizes. Click over to check it out. And keep reading as I reveal my own thoughts about this mission statement thing.
I am good at stating my need for accountability, and I'm good at making goals so that I am at least aiming towards my target (remember, if you don't have a target, you are sure to miss it). I have even asked you to consider What Are You Waiting For? and more recently posted that I am willing to experience failure in order to achieve what I Want to Be. . . .
Well, what am I waiting for?
I'm waiting for experience. You see, experience will give me the credibility that I need to publish articles in "real" magazines. In order to get experience I need discipline to continue to find markets which fit my niche. As long as I lack experience to sell my "good ideas," it's easy for me to just keep waiting. In order to think about what my mission statement for the next year would be, I have to think about my whys first.
Why do I want to write? Why do I want to get published? I want to write because I have found it's a wonderful way to develop thoughts that I have--to connect them to the rest of my life. I want to get published as validation, as a source of income (with no delusions that I'm going to get rich), and as a way to be a source of information and/or encouragement to those who read.
So, with that as the end, my professional mission statement (and working plan) would be to submit one article or query a week. This will result in being published at least ten times, by April 2008, which will allow me to build my platform so that by that time I will be working in earnest on a non-fiction book proposal which I can submit so that I can find a publisher who likes my idea.
Specifically in answer to her question, "What would you do (differently) if you could not fail?" I would write. I would prioritize it differently and now I see that I need to do this if it is something that I truly want to pursue.
If you ask yourself that question, I think that you are well on the way to cutting away all the fat and getting to the meat of the matter about what your mission statement would be.