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Mission/Vision statement?

 
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I am so thrilled and enthusiastic about my family's new land that I'm completely scattered all over, wanting to DO ALL THE THINGS.

I think that composing a mission statement and a vision statement (I understand they're different) may help me focus.

Have you ever gone about writing one up?
If you did, what would it say?
 
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I think the days of those have passed, nobody believed them except the CEO and other executives.

This is pretty good anyway

Play, learn, create, and take time to appreciate.



I might add share, teach support and ride motorcycles fast.

I always aim to be  '"the bad uncle" teaching the young the impossible!
 
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I think it's helpful to write out your primary goals and sub-goals. There are so many exciting ideas out there, that it becomes easy to forget what's already been decided, or how a new idea fits into the overall plan. It also helps to draw out a map of your property and use it to brainstorm these ideas. The permaculture zoning concept is very helpful for figuring out infrastructure.

In the beginning, my husband and I wrote out a primary goal (for example, ours is to be as self-sufficient as we are able), and listed everything we wanted to accomplish (gardens, orchards, food forest, livestock, water catchment, etc.) Then, we sat down with our map and tried to visualize and prioritize. We ended up with a rough map of where everything would go on the homestead, and a tentative list of steps to get there. Every time a new idea comes up, we see how it fits into our goals and plans. Periodically, we re-evaluate and update. This has worked well for us, and, I think, saved some frustration here and there.
 
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Mission and vision statements vary as much as individuals. For a company, especially as a company grows, they can help to keep a company focused on what it does.   John Daley provided a mission statement.  One of the dangers in success is mission creep. That is when the mission changes and no one realizes it.  Let’s grab onto an example that one day you wake up and realize you are successful and miserable.   You go back to your mission statement and realize that the element of FUN has vanished. Instead making lots of MONEY has crept in. That forces you to make a decision to change what you are doing .... or change your mission.

My practice has been that Mission Statements are relatively brief.....such as the example JCD provided.  Vision statement are longer but no longer than one side of a page.  Once again there are numerous philosophies out there.  
 
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If this is something that will help you realize your dream then I would say, definitely write one!

And it also might help if the whole family wrote one together.

Then years from now your family could look back at that statement and see if all the dreams came true or what still needs to be worked on.

It also might help to have a "Timeline" for getting things accomplished. Don't try to do too much all at once.  Take things slowly or it may become overwhelming.

Not so much for our homestead though I do remember writing down my goals for climbing the ladder of success in the business world. Looking back I would say I full filled all of them.

I am more of a list person.  I like to-do lists.  Outlining what I want to get accomplished each day helps me.

Best wishes for your family's new land.
 
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I use A4 note books and list plans, sketches, to do lists etcv.
Even a buying list for the next few days and a to do list or at least consider doing list for the next few days.
I rarely have a to be done by.... time.
 
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I re-read your original post. It sounds like you may be looking for a strategic plan (long term plan).  In its most basic form it is a list of what you want to accomplish each year for ....say....the next 5 years.

If this is the case, I will share the advice of a supervisor I once had, “ Make a list of 10 things you want to accomplish.  If you meet 3 of them, consider yourself successful.”
 
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John C Daley wrote:
This is pretty good anyway

Play, learn, create, and take time to appreciate.




...HAVE YOU BEEN READING OVER MY SHOULDER?? I wrote this down on 8/8.

(Did I steal it from somewhere?)
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