Monday, October 21, 2013

Your Mission...

Reasons for writing mission and values statements and having a vision are not nebulous. Folks in the business world will tell you in order to successfully run a business, you need a clear vision that tells the purpose of your business and where it is going. Research has shown that the writing of a mission statement is directly linked to greater returns on investment in companies.

If you are a small business owner in the arts like me, then you too know the separation between your work and your life is pretty much nonexistent. You think and feel into your work all the time, during your work hours and, well, 24/7. Or perhaps not.

If you do, your mission statement, values, and vision may be more reflective of you than your business. To me, this is golden and makes the creation of these rewarding. I believe all three can be merged into one vision, which is what you could build or renew soon, maybe today.

I’ve been reading about the Law of Attraction lately and experimenting with it in order to prove it is universal and forever in action. So far, it is. The law says that like attracts like and that by focusing on positive thoughts, one can bring about like results. Whether or not you believe this currently, it might be fun to write, draw, or create your vision as if what you think and feel, what you truly want, will come to you. Let’s make a vision board. Here’s what to do.

Write down answers to these questions with regard to your art-related business.
  • What is one want that I have?
  • Why? As in, what are my reasons for wanting this?
  • What are my beliefs that support my reasons?
  • How will I feel when I have already received what I wanted?
Repeat with your next want.

Assemble all your wants, each with its own reasons and beliefs, together in your mind or on paper in order to have a party. It’s a You-and-Your-Wants Party. Each want is an important guest to be celebrated and honored. Your guests can be bubbles, pieces of jewelry, flowers, characters, anything you want. Take turns asking each want, “What is your positive intention for me?”  Let everyone at the party hear Want’s response.

Then announce to the party, “Is there anyone here that objects to This Want’s positive intention?”
If there are no objectors, celebrate!  Then move on to the next want with the same question (What is your positive intention for me?). If another want does have an objection, validate its concern. Ask that want what it wants that has higher value or change whatever you need to (the first want, the objection, yourself) so that it is a win-win for everyone at the party.

Keep going from guest to guest, want to want, until all objections have been addressed, satisfied, and/or assured.

Now, at a pace that is comfortable to all wants, begin picturing, hearing, feeling how all your wants begin to mingle. Be sure they all come together no more quickly than your unconscious mind can integrate them, fully preserving the positive intention of each in such a way that each gains from the other and no want loses anything. 

When you feel they are all happy, satisfied, connected, supportive, supporting, fitting nicely with each other and with you in the picture, then take a picture.

VoilĂ ! Your vision.

Step into this snapshot fully and completely, noticing how excited you feel. Do this every day, yup, every day. Keep a journal and let all of us know what manifests for you!

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If nothing else, you have some material now to write more-conventional statements. Going back to the world of business, there are three statements that might be requested of you at some point.  Here are some examples of a “real” mission statement, values, and a vision.

Mission Statement
Silver Designs produces and markets high-quality, one-of-a-kind, artisan jewelry.

Cathy Smith, the PMC artisan behind the signature style of Silver Designs, values that the silver in her creations contains 40% or more recycled and reclaimed silver. Silver Designs uses high-quality precious metals, cabochons, and gemstones in her artisan jewelry.

Silver Designs produces and sells high-quality, one-of-a-kind, artisan jewelry to collectors and boutique locations worldwide.

by Kris A. Kramer

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