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My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

Before we can write our mission statement, we must understand the context and how it helps guide our lives. In our last segment, we built our vision that describes what we want to be in the future. The mission statement describes how we are going to get there. It describes the steps we are going to take to reach our vision. As a reminder, here is the vision statement that I developed in the last article. And here is the link to the Vision article and the preceding one that started this, Accepting Me, in this series.

My Vision

In five years, I will be writing freelance articles regularly, continuing my blog and newsletter, and be visiting my children regularly. I will continue to help others improve their lives in every way I can.

My Mission

My vision defines the goal that I aim to reach. Then my mission statement will determine the steps I need to take over the next five years to achieve this goal. So how do I define the steps necessary to become a freelance writer? The actions follow those of a simple business startup problem.

Step One. Identify your product.

My product will be a blog article or long-form article that meets my client’s needs. My client will define the topic and the slant they desire in the paper and contained in the contract.

Step two. Identify the industries that you will be searching to find your clients.

My background includes, most recently, financial services and investing. Articles will be on personal finance, investment products, retirement planning, and understanding the basics of finance and investing.

My second experience layer is computers and software. So this will be another area within which I could find clients. For example, I could write articles on getting started using specific software, using your computer and software to simplify your daily life, or getting over your fear of the computer.

My third layer comes from twenty years in corporate management and board service. This layer allows for articles related to leadership, being a better Board member, or organizing your information for success.

Step Three. Identify who my clients will be and how you will market your product.

So I have some idea now about the industries that contain my best clients. These industries will be fintech, computer tech, and leadership.

Step four. Identify how you are going to market your product.

Marketing is the step that will be the hardest for me. I have to locate individual companies, find contacts, and write proposals extolling my expertise. In other words, I need to learn how to toot my own horn. Not my strong suit. I hate doing that. So I decided I needed help from experienced people in the freelance writing industry. So I chose to join the freelance writer’s den to get help on my journey into the world of being a freelance writer.

MY Mission

My mission is to work with expert freelance writers to coach me through getting my contracts for freelance writing until I become more able to proceed and understand the nuances of this work environment. I plan to do this while publishing a weekly blog, two weekly medium articles, and a newsletter.

In the last article in this thread, we will talk about our why, so we will have a complete set of thoughts that we can use to guide our life’s decisions. Next comes our purpose.

No matter what your mission is, have some notion in your head. Forget the model, whether it’s government or nonprofit or profit. Ask yourself the more important question: Is my mission improving the world? Are you sure about it? Seek to disconfirm that all the time. And if you can, change your mission.

Jeff Bezos