Personal Mission Statement Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the goals and benefits of personal mission statements. They will use writing to self-reflect, with the goal of creating their own personal mission statements.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the goals and motivations behind personal mission statements
  • Compare and contrast personal and organizational mission statements
  • Use writing as a tool for self-reflection and action planning


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.



  • Start class by asking students if they are familiar with the concept of a mission statement.
    • What is a mission statement and why do we create mission statements?
    • How does a mission statement help people in an organization work towards their goals?
  • Run through a basic slideshow of mission statements for various organizations. Include mission statements for the school, businesses, non-profits, government organizations, and others. Ask students to discuss each one.
    • What do these tell you about the values and goals of an organization?
    • Are mission statements only useful for organizations, or can they be useful for individuals as well?
  • Distribute copies of Personal Mission Statement: Definition & Examples. Break the class into small groups. Students will read through this lesson as a group, with one student reading aloud at a time, switching every paragraph.
  • Using this method, ask students to read through the sections ''What is a Personal Mission Statement?'' and ''Benefits''. Pause here and discuss this information.
    • What is a personal mission statement?
    • How do you think a personal mission statement is different from the mission statement for an organization? In what ways are they similar? What are the goals of each?
  • Ask students to continue reading the lesson in their groups, completing the remaining sections. Discuss this information as a class.
    • What sort of things should you think about when developing a personal mission statement? What does this tell us about how personal mission statements help us think about ourselves?
    • How is self-image reflected in a personal mission statement?
  • Run the students through a brief slideshow of personal mission statements, and discuss them as a class, looking for common themes and goals.
  • You may test student understanding with the lesson quiz.

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