Mission Possible

To provide our clients with a properly integrated neurological rehabilitation protocol that combines traditional and modern approaches to health and wellness.  Included in this approach is the utilization of the most advanced rehabilitative technologies.  We will strive to continuously challenge and evolve our treatment methods in response to the latest medical research and technological advancements.  Each client will receive an individualized treatment plan that will progress as their symptoms change and will reflect their individual therapy goals.

This is Aim2Walk’s Mission Statement.  Every reputable (and non-reputable) business has one.

They are meant to inform customers and the public of the true purpose of a company or organization.  But does anyone ever take the time to read a company’s mission statement?  Even if you do read the mission statement, you probably have an idea of what the statement should actually say.

As an example, Aim2Walk’s mission statement could just as easily read “To improve your function”.  Less fancy, but to the point.

Budweiser’s mission statement, “Be the world’s beer company” could just as easily read “To impair the world’s judgement”.  You can have a lot of fun with this….I did.

But that’s not the point of this post.

I think it’s a great idea for individuals, not just companies, to have mission statements.  Your statement would be something that reminds you, or helps guide you to live your life the way you want it to be lived – your true purpose.  I have had a few clients over the years who have privileged me with their personal mantras, and you can really sense a deeper understanding and control that these people have in their lives.  Your personal mission statement need not be a paragraph or a sentence.  Some of the best mission statements I’ve heard are only a few words.

“To Live”

“No Regrets”

“Laugh everyday”

“Measure twice, cut once”

Basically, they are words to live your life by.  They are often cliches, but helpful nonetheless.  Your personal statement can and will change throughout your lifetime.

“To live a principle-centered life”

This is my personal mission statement.  It’s short, and very non-specific, but I know exactly what it means to me.  It’s cheating, in a sense, because this short statement includes ALL of the principles I try to live my life by.  “Principle-centered” means that all the decisions I make in life will be deeply routed in the principles I have set for myself (and may have had set for me by an external influence, such as my parents).

Mission Statement - to climb this cliff and catch the a$$hole that thought this was funny

One of these principles is to raise my children with love, compassion, and patience.  Every time I make a decision regarding one of my children, I should ask myself: “Am I doing this out of love? Am I showing compassion? Can I be more patient? If I can’t say YES to any of those questions, I am deviating from one of my core principles.

Do you have a personal mission statement?

If not, I challenge you to write one.  Take 15 minutes one night and wright out some basic principles you would like to live your life by.  If you are having trouble, try to think about how you would want to be remembered by those close to you, once you pass away.  Yes, this is a bit of a creepy exercise, but it works.

Keep your mission statement somewhere close by – in your wallet, on your car’s dashboard, in your bedside drawer.  Whenever you have a decision to make, no matter how trivial it seems, make sure that decision doesn’t go against your personal mission statement.

Matt

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