Saturday, August 16, 2008

What Really Matters

From the first time our mother told us not to steal the other kid’s sandbox toy to the wedding vows before the preacher we spend our lives gathering values. Some we will live our lives by, some we will loosely hold, others will be forgotten, and still more will be purposely tossed aside.

Businesses often share their values through their mission statements or literature. Mary Kay Cosmetics talks about valuing God, Family, and Business in that order. There has been debate about that but lets leave that out of this post for now.
At turning points in my life I have written mission statements for myself. I reflect on where I have been and where I want to go and what values are important to me and then I write it all down.

My challenge in this post is for each of us to write a mission statement. Write a mission statement for your MK business if you have one or write a mission statement for your life. This isn’t a goal sheet. This isn’t about writing down what prizes you want or the status to attain. This is about reflection and finding what is really important to you and/or to your individual Mary Kay business (as opposed to the company as a whole).

This exercise may bring up words or feelings that you don’t want to share. That is okay. If you do want to share then that is encouraged. There is a lot to be learned about and from one another through an exercise like this. I personally look forward to sharing and reading whatever may come from this entry.


  1. It has been a while since I last wrote a mission statement for myself and a lot has changed in my life since then so I decided to be the first one to take my own challenge. If any of you decided to write and share one as well dont' feel like you need to use the same format as me. My last one wasnt' formatted like this so really its all up to you. Also, as I'm reading over my own mission statement I just realized that some of it could be taken wrong if applied to MK or PT and not in the context I was thinking about when I wrote it so let me just fill you in a bit of the context. The parts about advocacy and being open-minded are not references to anything MK related. I do some volunteer work with a mental health agency that sends me into county jails to meet with inmates to ensure that their needs are being met. Quite often things like medical and mental health needs are not being met or adequately managed so advocacy and working within the system are a huge part of my life right now and I'm sure you can imagine that working with inmates requires a very open-mind. I just wanted to clarify that because I don't want trolls to jump on here and make it into something its not. Cant' wait to see other mission statements!

    Mission Statement
    Fall 2008

    To be a person of integrity; to be the same on the outside as I am on the inside, to present the truth even when it is not favored view.

    To have an open mind; to take in the educational opportunities that surround me both inside and outside of the classroom, to set aside preconceived judgements and come to know individuals rather than groups of people.

    To be an advocate; to work within systems to create healthy change, to speak when others are afraid to

    To care for myself; to have healthy boundaries, to ensure that my physical and mental health needs are being met.

  2. Here is my MK mission statement-
    To make money honestly and to present the product in a form or fashion that is acceptable in the eyes of God and present and future clients.

    My personal mission statement - To go above and beyond the call of duty and to stop procrastinating. To learn from the example of others and to increase knowledge each and every day.

  3. Colleen- awsome! I should add something to mine about procrastination!!! I'm the queen of writing term papers in the middle of the night the night before they are due.


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