- on September 9, 2015
Rhett Smith Podcast 18: Creating a Personal Vision/Mission Statement for Yourself, Your Marriage, or Your Family
About 4-5 years ago my wife and I’s life was in a pretty hectic place. Like many of you, we were a double-income family, trying to both balance out time for our work, our family life, and our marriage. And like many of you, we sort of felt like life was just sort of happening to us. We felt like we were more passive observants of our own life, rather than intentionally participating in it. And at about that same time, my good friend and colleague Todd Sandel had started talking to me about a book that had really helped his family’s life. Todd is married with four kids, and I really admire what he and his wife Beverly have created in their family. So I was eager to learn the trick.
Todd mentioned that he had read and implemented the book The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity to the Most Important Organization in Your Life by Patrick Lencioni. So I went home and read that book as quickly as I could. And over the course of the next year my wife and I sat down to read through the book together and create our own family vision/mission statement. This exercise has become one of the best things we have done for our marriage and family life, as it helps us be more intentional about who we want to be, and what we spend our time doing. Rather than life just happening to us, we feel like we have a more focused trajectory to aim for. (Check out the blog posts I wrote below about this process).
In this podcast you will:
- learn about the impetus that motivated Heather and I to create our own vision/mission statement.
- learn what the 3 big questions are, and how to go about answering and implementing them.
- learn to identify what makes you/relationship/family unique.
- learn to identify your “rallying cry”
- learn how to hold weekly meetings
- hear what our family vision/mission statement is
- see the piece of art Heather created to remind us of our statement (see below)
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Links and Resources Mentioned in the Podcast