Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

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A mission statement is a formal summary of the goals and values of a company, organization, or individual.

This past Sunday, my mom Sherrilyn Williams asked me to create and copy half-sheets with the words Mission Statement at the top for her Sunday School life coaching class.

She shared that a personal mission statement is our written reason for being. It clarifies who we are and what we are about.

Mission statements are vital to individuals, families, organizations, and companies. They reveal our significance and the brightness of our futures.

As Stephen Covey explains, a plane is off course 90% of the time, but it has a definite start and end point. Anytime the plane gets off track, the pilot gently guides it back to its end point until it reaches its destination.

In the same way, our mission statements keep us on track, guide us forward, spark new ideas, shape our personal and company culture, establish consistency, drive action, send a powerful message to others, and simplify and focus our efforts on fulfilling our vision. In many cases, our personal mission statement is a dominant theme in our own lives.

Mission Statement Creation Resources

There are several methods for crafting a mission statement. Some of them include: prayer, Bible reading, identifying core values, identifying contributions, and finding the main idea in our lives, work, and activities, to name a few. Online and hard copy resources abound for developing your summary of values and goals. Here are three:

Mission Statement Builder –https://msb.franklincovey.com/

8 Steps to Writing a Personal Mission Statement – https://liveboldandbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mission_statement_template.pdf

The Five-Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statements – http://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/jobs/creating-personal-mission-statements

Mission Statement Examples

Here are a few examples of personal and corporate mission statements:

Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN NetworkTo be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.

Richard Branson, CEO of The Virgin Group To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes.

Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment – I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission  statement: to love God and love others.

GoogleTo organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful

Facebook To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected

MicrosoftTo empower every person and every organization on the planet  to achieve more

My Mission Statement

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My mission statement is to empower people to discover and fulfill God’s vision for their lives. I do this through articles, videos, vision board parties, seminars, and more.

What is your mission statement? I look forward to hearing from you.

EnVision That! Highlights Joy Williams

My stunning sister Joy Sherice Williams, a leader of leaders, turns 22 today.

I have watched Joy grow into an anointed, excellent, fabulous, and courageous woman. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a newly inducted member of the educational honor society Kappa Delta Pi. She is also a member of the Littleton H. Mason Singers, a volunteer with Chattanooga community organization Circle K International, a member of the Black Student Alliance, and a member of Post-Secondary Awareness with Success (PAWS), a group that exposes elementary students to college as an opportunity.

At the age of 18, she served as recreational director for World Overcomers Church’s summer camp. Through her innovation, children in grades K-6 enjoyed a Dream Camp with various activities to nourish their creativity. She also set up a Dream Store where kids could purchase gifts such as candy and toys based on play money they received for their classwork.

Joy worked at Express Store last summer. One of her managers gravitated to her, and Joy’s love, example and witness encouraged the manager to give her life to Christ.

This year Joy taught children as part of her student teaching education requirement. Her presentation is poised, polished, and professional. Below is a clip of her in action.

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Joy. She graduates from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga with honors in May 2019.

Isn’t It Romantic?

Tonight, my friend and I saw the romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic? starring Rebel Wilson as Natalie, a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city’s next skyscraper. She gets knocked unconscious in a subway mugging and wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Disenchanted by love, Natalie’s worst nightmare comes true when she suddenly realizes she is playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy.

The movie’s self-awareness about the many clichés of romantic comedies make it a joy to watch. It also features several themes about the importance of vision and love.

Worthy of Love

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Young Natalie watches Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

As a young girl, Natalie loved watching the classic romantic comedy Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Her mom says, “It’s just a movie…life’s not a fairy tale. Girls like us don’t get that.” Young Natalie asks why. Natalie’s mom responds, “Well, look in the mirror,  doll. We’re no Julia Roberts.”

In that moment, Natalie’s mom showed her a skewed, lesser vision of herself, her beauty, her worth, and love and shattered her dreams. Natalie believed her mom. 25 years later, this vision manifests in her daily life. She gets used to poor treatment by others at work. Even her pet dog ignores her. Her project manager Josh likes her, but she keeps friend-zoning him.

Be Open, Be Seen

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Whitney encourages Natalie to open up more to love.

While at work, Natalie’s best friend and assistant Whitney (Betty Gilpin) watches romantic comedies. Natalie rants about the evils of these movies to Whitney who says, “I think people would have an easier time seeing you if you were a little more open.”

F.L.Y. – First Love Yourself

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Natalie and Josh are best friends.

While living in a romantic comedy world, Natalie learns that her best friend Josh (Adam Devine) will marry Isabella (Priyanka Chopra), the Pantene model he only met and dated for a few days. Natalie realizes that she loves Josh and tries to stop the wedding by making him fall for her at a karaoke bar. It does not work. On the day of the wedding, she races to the church and bursts into the ceremony only to realize that she now loves…herself.

Love for herself changes Natalie and her interactions with others. She stops taking out the trash and doing other people’s tasks. She confidently presents her idea at work. And she learns that while she sits in front of an ad of the Pantene cover girl (Priyanka Chopra), Josh is watching her.

God’s Message to Me

For all its satire and cheese, Isn’t It Romantic? sends an important message about self love that I needed to hear. At the end of the movie, my mind went back to part of a prophetic word I received from a gentleman named Joey during the Bethel Conference in California on Valentine’s Day:

“Self love will be a major hallmark of your ministry. God will keep telling you over and over again how much He loves you until it clicks with you.”

Isn’t It Romantic? was a love note from Daddy God for me. Thank You, Lord.

Wild Women Arise

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a powerhouse

Tonight, for my sister Sheronda’s 33rd birthday, I treated her to A Night in the Wild hosted by Sarah Jakes Roberts. And chiiiilllllle! It was its name and so much more!

Held at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, MS, the night started with a series of engaging texts via multimedia that encouraged the crowd of 2,000+ ladies to share their favorite female-empowerment tunes. The texts also invited us to lift up our cell phone lights if we resonated with the challenges of the many roles we play on a daily basis – wife, mother, sister, career woman, CEO, etc.

Pastor Sarah’s and her husband Pastor Toure’s all-female worship team, including two of their children, ushered us into the presence of God with songs such as New Wine and Do It Again.

We got a taste of Sarah’s Tuesday Facebook Live podcast The Delegation. Sarah’s sister Cora Jakes Coleman helped moderate.

Sarah honored The YWCA of Greater Memphis and its director Marquiepta Odom for their work in empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Then Sarah gave the word from Revelation 12: The Woman and the Dragon. Her premise was that, for women, our greatest defense against opposition is regeneration. God made women to grow seed. Seed can mean babies, but it also means the things we produce from within us that look just like God when they come forth. This is why the enemy makes war with women, whether we have or lack seed. As women, we are soil. We grow whatever is planted in us, good or bad. This is also why we must be careful of what we allow to grow inside of us.

Here is a taste of Sarah’s powerful preaching:

Sarah’s message validated God’s call for women to care for our soil, bring forth, nurture, and grow His seed within us.

After Pastor Sarah spoke, she invited Pastor Toure to share what he saw. He said he saw “false caps” over women telling them that they could only go so far. He then proclaimed that women who have not walked in their full authority due to the oppression of certain men, systems, and structures, are now free to do so. “It’s your time! It’s your moment!”

It was one of the most empowering nights of my life! Many thanks to Pastor Sarah, Pastor Cora, Pastor Toure, and their team for allowing the Lord to use them so mightily!

Sarah’s next Woman Evolve event will be held in Denver, Colorado in July. For more information, visit womanevolve.com.

With Sarah Jakes Roberts and Cora Jakes Coleman

For a Limited Time…

Maximizing our time is critical to accomplishing God’s vision for our lives.

Time is a nonrenewable resource. Once it is gone, we can never get it back. So it is imperative that we use it wisely so that we can acccomplish all God has assigned to us. Below are three methods I use to maximize my time.

Check In With God Daily

Any time spent with God is time well spent.

Time spent with God is never wasted. By praying, listening to Him, and meditating on His Word, He helps us determine what is important and what is not. He can streamline and simplify our days so we can focus on fulfilling His vision for our lives.

During my quiet time on February 11, I read the following devotional from Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns: Fix your gaze on Me, says the Lord.  Everything in the world around you is designed to distract you and pull you down.  Your spiritual vitality will come from establishing your relationship with Me first.  Then, you can deal with the issues of life with wisdom and the power of the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Just Say No

We must say no to the good so we can say yes to the great.

As stated in the above paragraph, many people, activities and responsibilities vie for our time and attention each day. There is no way we can accomplish God’s vision for our lives without focus. Saying yes to one thing means we simultaneously say no to many others.

For instance, saying yes to fleshing out this EnVision That! idea means I have said no to having a TV in my home. Watching TV would waste valuable time that I could spend reading, writing, creating, producing, planning, and implementing.

Also, I once worked on a ministry project that somehow snowballed from just taking meeting notes to prepping folders, decorations, food, and other items for an entire event one Sunday afternoon. No duties had been delegated. Ironically, that day, my father was ministering on, “Are We a Mary or Martha Church?”  I did not hear the message because I was busy being Martha for the fellowship event. The event went well, but I was completely drained and burned out. I cried in my office and felt like I heard the Lord say, “You are doing things I never told you to do.”

From then on, I have been more careful about what I agree to do. My top priority is accomplishing God’s vision for my life. I do not want to stand before Him and hear Him say, “That’s all you accomplished with the years of life I gave you?”

The Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro Technique is a powerful time management method.

When I need to break a big project down into smaller chunks or if I am struggling with motivation or procrastination, I sometimes set up a pressurized situation with the Pomodoro Method. I set a timer for 25 minutes and work only on one task until complete. Then I take a 5 minute break, reset the timer, and begin again. This method focuses me, increases my accountability and productivity, and maintains my motivation. Each project and assignment moves me closer to fulfilling God’s vision for my life.

Have you ever used any of the above methods to maximize your time? What other time management tips do you recommend? I would love to hear from you!

EnVision That! Highlights Tyler Perry

The mouthy matriarch Madea bids farewell after a nearly 20-year run!

Tonight, Sheronda and I enjoyed Tyler Perry and his team in Madea’s Farewell Play Tour.

We found hope and hilarity in the cast. The intermission commercials (i.e. “Throw Hands” and “Madea’s My Feet Hurt Slippers” were just as funny. The music moved us and the show started on time. I particularly loved the moments when Madea cracked up at various cast members and had to collect herself before continuing her tirades. And in trademark Madea fashion, she reprimanded everyone who arrived after the show started at 7 pm. We were hysterical!

Perry shocked the world when he recently announced that he would end the near 20-year run of his most-beloved character Mabel “Madea” Simmons. Yet, fans are getting their final fix with Perry’s 21st stage play, which also stars Tamela Mann as Cora, David Mann as Mr. Brown, and Cassi Davis Patton as Bam. The play runs until mid-May and ends with a four-night stint at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com.

Perry will also bring the Simmons family together one last time for A Madea Family Funeral, which opens on March 1 and concludes a series of 10 films with the mouthy matriarch.

Tyler Perry’s Rise and Reign

Madea’s character is a combination of Perry’s mother, aunt, and his creativity. As a young boy, Perry endured a traumatic childhood and, in his words, “would go in my head, in my imagination, and leave the situation.” But this practice paved the way for his success. That place in his mind where he went as a child is now where he goes to write. To date, Perry now owns over 1,000 episodes of television, 20 films, six number-one movies, the number-one cable TV show on Tuesday nights, and he is writing, directing, producing it all. Movies usually take 18 months to shoot. Perry’s last movie was shot in eight days.

By God’s grace and Perry’s and his team’s hard work ethic, he is now the most successful African-American filmmaker in history and the ruler of an entertainment empire of hit movies, TV series, and plays. In fact, Perry is so prolific that he is starting his own Tylervision network.

Tyler Perry, we salute you for your trailblazing spirit, your excellence and your tireless commitment to your vision. Madea may say farewell to us, but hers and your influence will live on forever.

EnVision That! salutes Tyler Perry, an entertainment phenomenon.

Morrie Schwartz’s Tuesday Teachings

My sister Sheronda recommended author Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie.  In this precious work, Morrie Schwartz is an extremely lovable college professor in his late sixties who learns that he is dying. The story of his last few weeks on earth is told by Mitch, one of Morrie’s former students, who runs into him during his final days. Below are just three of the many takeaways I gleaned from this book.

Our Values Will Decide Our Vision

In the chapter titled “Taking Attendance,” Morrie discusses the importance of pursuing a meaningful vision and life.

Pursuing God’s vision for our lives will always give us meaning, purpose, significance, and legacy.

Learning How to Die Helps Us Live

In another chapter, Morrie and Mitch discuss death. Morrie once thought he would be a healthy old man, not an old man dying from ALS. He confirms that we usually do not believe we will die, so we often live on autopilot. Yet,

Realizing that we must all one day stand before God and account for our time on earth, and realizing that how we live on earth will determine how we live in eternity, will prompt us to wholeheartedly pursue His vision for us.

Without Love, We Have Nothing

Morrie told Mitch that one of his many visitors asked him if he worried about being forgotten after he died. He said he did not think he would because of the many people he was involved with in close, intimate ways. He quoted poet W.H. Auden: “Love each other or perish.”

Love is the most powerful force in the world. It is stronger than death, and it makes our vision worth accomplishing.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a gem of a book that stays with readers long after the last page. It is required reading in high schools and colleges across the country…and for those who want to lead the full, abundant lives that God intended for us all.