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Every group, big or small, has a culture. If you’ve visited another country, you’ve seen the way people act and how they feel about being a part of that nation. There are certain norms, behaviors, and rituals that shape the people in that environment.
Companies also have cultures. Think of Nike. It is the innovator of athletic wear, and its brand communicates what they value: sports, comfort, trends, pro sports, female athletes, and working out…hard.
Every company has a mission statement that drives their company culture. Likewise, we as families also have a culture. If we create a family mission statement, it helps drive that culture that we are creating in our homes.
What is a family mission statement?
It is a short, memorable statement about the family’s core values and purpose.
To begin creating yours, start by picking the top 3 legacies you want to pass down to your children.
Here are some ideas:
*a spiritual legacy
*a strong work ethic
*serving the poor
*developing a global perspective
*spending time as a family
*skills in the outdoors
It is also helpful to think about what you want to pass to your children’s children. This helps you narrow down what is really important.
We decided on our three: 1. a spiritual legacy 2. family unity/loving actions 3. living with integrity/honor.
Here is our family’s mission statement:
You can use this to create your own (taken from my book, Reclaiming Home: A family’s guide to life, love, and legacy):
You can download the PDF HERE: missionstatementpdf_blank
Share your family’s mission statement with us!
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