An ideal way to break writer's block? Playfulness.
Does writing a personal or organizational mission statement feel like being boiled alive andburned at the stake? To ease the pain, try this technique I learned from coaches Dawn Copeland and Debra Woog.
Step 1: Set a timer for 15 minutes. Get ready to write.
Step 2: In one sentence only, complete the following prompts.
Vow that no one will read your words. This helps you write honestly – instead of writing what you think you should say.
- I am
- I believe that
- I love to
- I know that
- I dream of
- I was born to
- What I want most is
- I shine when
- I feel most alive when
- If I had a superpower
- I work best when
- I can help you
Step 3. Take a break. Rewrite the sentences so that you'd feel comfortable sharing them.
Weave the discoveries into a new draft of your About, How I/We Work or Mission Statement pages. I won't show you my first draft but here's my second:
- I am a fighter for truth, justice and the right to be compassionate about the feelings we find within.
- I believe that we can integrate mind and heart to create progress.
- I love to make beautiful things and learn what other people are doing, thinking and feeling.
- I know that I’m a brilliant conversational detective.
- I dream of bringing constructive, open inquiry to the workplace.
- I was born to ask questions, be adventurous and make people laugh.
- What I want most is for people to know that their stories are powerful.
- I shine when engaged in compassionate, creative exploration.
- I feel most alive when open to what is real.
- If I had a superpower I would be a shapeshifter who can fully understand what it’s like to be someone else.
- I work best when I have freedom within a form.
- I can help you clarify your ideas and feelings so they touch another and spark growth.
I love how different we all are.
There are so many ways to support each others strengths and weaknesses. I'd love to read what you wrote.