Monday, February 15, 2016

How to Create your Life purpose Statement Part 3

A life purpose statement is a something that helps give your life direction. A reminder of how you intend to live. It's not a statement of a goal or a destination.

In the last post you learned what values were. Now you have a foundation to create a life purpose statement that will better align with the things that are important to you.

We are going to take our dreams, goals, vision, values, and try to form a sentence or two that reflects what in your heart. It's similar to when you read a quote from someone. You can read it and it feels that everything you need is summed up in that quote.

Example: "Try to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment" Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

  • One way to write your life purpose statement is to make a list of values, contributions, goals, past successes. In this list, look for patterns or themes in your wording or desires. Do you have a value or principle that is repeated? This will help you break down the list into shorter sentences. Part of my life purpose statement was, "I intend to do my best with out comprising my values." Instead of writing 7 more sentences (I already know what my values are) I just summed it all up in that sentence. 
  • Another way is to use a mission statement builder like the one on Franklin Covey website. 

I intend to be a decent, authentic, person who cares for her family, takes time everyday to be creative, makes use of art, and shows others simple kindness

External resources on life mission and purpose:

Steve Pavlina: How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes
Stephen Covey's Interactive Mission Statement Builder

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