Updated: Nov 4
A life purpose statement provides clarity around what you want to achieve, a sense of direction for where to start and the motivation to make it happen. It also can inspire you to greater heights. Your purpose rests in the intersection between what you love to do (your unique gifts and strengths), what you value, and what the world needs from you. It’s a way of being powerfully in service while living your life with joy.
Purpose is key to creative success and fulfillment. Your purpose is what gets you out of bed every day. It connects you to the people you want to serve. It is your way of making the world a better place. The start of living in accordance with your purpose is to write a life purpose statement.
A purpose statement is the #1 tool for making tough decisions. A purpose statement creates boundaries that allow you to play freely, create freely, and deal freely. Everything you do—your investments of time, money, and relationships—should fit within the boundaries of that purpose statement.
Boundaries, of course, aren’t the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think about freedom. But they’re essential if you want to avoid distractions and free yourself up to focus on the things you find most important.
Consider this: a purpose statement that sets clear boundaries is the number one tool for making tough decisions. Why? Because once you have set the boundaries for what you will and won’t accept in your life, when something comes up that is outside those boundaries, you don’t even have a decision to make. It’s that simple.
Many people spend so much time deciding whether they’re going to do something.
Is this good? Should I do it or not? What if I don’t do it?
They run it by everyone they know. They lose sleep over it. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Living your life according to a purpose statement is a more narrowly focused version of living your life according to values. Once you declare your purpose statement, you begin living it. You don’t have to consider much outside it. The statement can be as long or as short as you like.
A Life Purpose Statement is not a job description. It is meant to be broad and apply to all areas of your life, not just your professional life. The more clarity you have around your purpose, the more success you will have in channeling your talents to make the world a better place.
Your purpose can guide you as you assess your current life:
1. What are you currently doing that serves your purpose?
2. What opportunities can you pursue to help you live your purpose?
3. What areas might you explore that align with your purpose?
4. How can you say no to things that fall outside your purpose?
By filtering your life decisions through the lens of purpose, you are able to feel more in charge of your life and experience the fulfillment that comes along with knowing that you are doing what you are meant to do.
Finally, if you are not sure of your path, a Life Purpose Statement can help guide you as you explore different areas. And as you explore, your Life Purpose Statement can inspire you to go out into the world and have the kinds of fulfilling experiences that can tell you where and how you are serving your purpose.
Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it.
Aligning with your purpose is most critical when setting personal and professional goals.
If you want to learn how to paint or water ski, go ahead and do so. If your goal is to get fit and lose weight, move ahead with confidence. Nurturing yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually will make you more energized, resilient and motivated to live your purpose on the professional front.
However, don’t ignore the signs that your job or career is not right for you. If you dread Monday mornings and live for the weekends, it may be a sign that it’s time to follow your heart and renegotiate your job or pursue the work you long to do.
Once you have gained more clarity about your purpose, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life completely all at once. Instead, just lean into it, bit by bit. Start living your purpose a little more fully every day, and pay attention to the feedback you’re receiving from others and in terms of the results you are producing, and also to how you are feeling.
Take the time to craft your Life Purpose Statement and see what a valuable tool it is to promoting clarity and fulfillment in your life.
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