(Picking up with miketsimpson's thread on Purpose/Principals)
For what it's worth, I have become convinced that top-level planning is mostly an exercise in applying universally desired advantages. At first glance, people seem extremely varied, however, I think if we follow the logic trail, it could be that most of us share a handful of common, essential drivers. A personal mission statement usually expresses core values as conceptual advantages to be realized (dos & don'ts / likes & dislikes, all honored), which just looks greatly universal to me.
Now, at the next level down, the vision level, we start to plug-in specific, personalized definitions & goals, which are real-life, measurable manifestations of the top-level mission concepts, right? Of course, this is where ten different people, using the exact same 'universal' mission concepts, would likely devise wildly different goals/ life maps, yet conceptually be the same!? For instance, we all want to be loved, yet our visions of what that looks like will vary.
Imagine what a fantastic head start it would be if we could define, distill down to, a starting set of common values that are largely true for almost everyone- these could be a baseline, universal set of mission concepts. The concepts could then serve as prompts to get us started, and even be used as metrics/ self-questions to guide us! (Is that crazy, or what!?!)
I think we would need to agree upon a few guiding principles, like that a mission must reflect being a 'decent, responsible human being', etc... and would need to well encompass most facets of living a full, if not extraordinary, life- on a conceptual basis. Also, our model would need to have some insightful strategies/perspectives built right in, so we can gain advantage in a chaotic world (the strategies are universal too!?).
As for myself, I settled onto seeking & living 'a well-managed life' as the primary filter as well as 'living life on my own terms, fully living-out my own intentions', as my most motivating benefit- my driving force (again, these look like universal desires to me!!).
It could be fun for anyone inclined to share mission concepts they feel should be considered for 'universal' distinction. Maybe the magic model could be constructed right here on-the-spot! Attached, I offer-up my own mission concepts as examples of what I feel are universal desires (my own '12-step' program so to speak) that _maybe?_ just about anyone could use to plug-in their own vision/definitions (the whats, whys, hows, whens, tools, rules/filters, measures, step-targets) & specific goals [my vision/goals are not shown]. Is there any merit in this idea, or am I just a nut? .