7 Steps to Building An Effective Mission Statement

If you HAD to tell someone your mission statement, would it roll off your tongue effortlessly?  Or, would you have a puzzled look and give a response similar to “I have thought about it, but never really clarified it or written it down. Let me get back to you on that.”  Or, maybe give a vague “I want to make a difference.”  While “making a difference” is a good start, you may want to be a little more clear what you are making a difference for and about.

Bottom line, if you haven’t written a mission statement, here are seven tips that will help you clarify and finally get it on paper. Read More ›

Christian Life Coaches Help Clients in Visioneering

Christian Life Caoching and Vision“Visioneering is the course one follows to make dreams a reality”, writes Andy Stanley in his book, Visioneering. The formula he shares is “visioneering = inspiration + conviction + action + determination + completion. We all end up somewhere in this life and some will end up at a place on purpose. “

I don’t know about you, but I choose to be among those who end up at a place on purpose.  When God plants a vision in our hearts, and we discern and obey, we find ourselves on a journey of great anticipation, not an easy journey, yet one of great hope and excitement.  Our God is the CREATOR of the universe and what a privilege, an honor that He chooses to do His work through us.  Surpora, a seventy year-old, energized, retired VP of Nursing and Certified Christian Life Coach through our program, said that she knew God was calling her to step out and do more! She wasn’t ready to retire and she hopes that she will be here long enough to “use all her talents and abilities” and leave them here on earth before she goes to her heavenly home.  What an inspiration and blessing she has been to me, and to others at CCI.

How Do Christian Life Coaches Help Clients in Visioneering?

As Christian life coaches work with clients in visioneering, we know that we must first help our clients create a clear picture of what could be and then to help them align their vision with their core values and continue to hold that vision for them.  In Visioneering, Andy Stanley writes, “encourage them to look beyond what is, and paint a picture of what could be –  and in some cases – what should be.  That is creating a vision.”  He continues to share the following instruction on “how”  to bring the vision into focus and weave it into our daily lives:

1. PASSION: Vision evokes emotion. There is no such things as emotionless vision. Vision is always accompanied by strong emotion. And the clearer the vision, the stronger the emotion.

2, MOTIVATION: Vision provides motivation. The mundane begins to matter. The details, chores, and routines of life begin a worthwhile means to a planned-for end. Vision-driven people are motivated people.

3. DIRECTION: Vision serves as a road map. Vision simplifies decision-making. Anything that moves us toward the the realization of our vision gets a green light. Everything else is approached with caution.

4. PURPOSE: Vision translates into purpose. A visions gives you reason to get up in the morning. If you don’t show up, something important  won’t be accomplished. Suddenly, you matter – alot!  You have a reason for getting up, and showing up!

God calls us to do His Work and He has a plan for each person in the universe.

I love what John Maxwell writes in his book,  Cure for the Common Life,  “You are heaven’s Halley’s comet; we have one shot at seeing you shine. You offer a gift to society that no one else brings. If you don’t bring it, it won’t be brought.”   “As Christian life coaches, we seek to honor the calling God has on each individual and we encourage them to honor that which God is calling them to do.  God has a vision for each life , and He needs each of us to do our part and to be obedient to what He wants to do in and through us.

God made each of us and then He broke the mold. There is only one me and He knows me, loves me and has a plan just for me.  How special is that to know?  “The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling, He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually: He considers all their works”. Psalms 33:13-15

What is the vision God is calling you to? What can He do in and through you for His Glory in this broken and pain filled world? What does it look like? What does it feel like?  And, what is your answer to His calling, His vision for your life?