Practically every company has a mission statement. This statement is an invisible guide for the individuals working in the organization. It shows them who they are, what they want to achieve, and how to run their business.
A personal purpose statement is very close to this even though it is slightly different. When you have a personal purpose statement you have the opportunity to define who you are. It also helps you figure out your goals and a path to fulfillment.
What is a Personal Purpose Statement?
In simple terms, a personal purpose statement is a mission statement that talks about what you want to achieve or accomplish. It doesn’t just focus on your professional life, it dives into your personal life and other aspects. Your purpose statement goes beyond kingdom culture or Christian ministry, it encompasses all that concerns you.
This statement guides your life decisions including career choice, setting and achieving goals, life partners, etc. You should draw motivation from your purpose statement when things are looking bleak.
Importance of having a Personal Purpose Statement
There are several reasons why you should have a personal purpose statement. Here are a few of them:
- Guides you in identifying your most important aspirations.
- Keeps you on track to achieving professional goals.
- Motivates you to continue working towards achieving your goals despite your challenges.
- Keeps reminding you to stay on track despite surrounding distractions.
- Helps you to make the right decisions in the face of adversity.
Writing a Personal Purpose Statement
Where many people have a problem is writing down their purpose statements. If you fall into this category, here is a simple guide to help you out.
Define your strengths
Before you begin writing, you must define your strengths. Identify each strength and figure out how it helps you on the journey of purpose fulfillment. You should get a notepad and write each strength down.
After listing them, write the corresponding skills for each strength. Now arrange them from the most relevant to your purpose to the least. These strengths act as stepping stones to help you make improvements in your life.
Figure out your values
Each one of us has values that guide our actions even though, many times, we don’t even know it. However, when you make a conscious effort, you will discover these values. Again, when you figure these values out, write them down in order of priority.
It is possible that you may have a few conflicting values. If this happens, you might need to carry out some re-evaluation to pick the most relevant ones.
After you figure out your strengths and values, it is time for some brainstorming. Here, you take time to reflect and answer certain important questions about yourself. Some of these questions include:
- What difference would I like to make in the world?
- How would I like to be remembered?
- What legacy would I leave behind?
Write down your answers to these questions just have done above. Doing this will guide you through writing your first “personal purpose statement” draft. Here are some questions that you should answer while writing your first draft:
- Who am I?
- What are the kind of things I am interested in doing?
- Who am I doing these things for?
- What are the needs of the people that I do these things for?
- How do my actions change these people?
Don’t be over-analytical, instead, be as realistic as you can. Instead of overthinking, just allow yourself to write. You can always rewrite the statement since this is just your first draft. The further you go into your purpose fulfillment journey, the more you’d refine the statement.
When writing your statement, you must be as positive as possible. What this means is that you need to use words that push you towards positive actions.
The words that you choose should reflect the actions that you want to take and the goals you need to achieve. Steer clear of negative words or words that reveal what you don’t want.
Stick to present tense
Your purpose statement should reflect who you are at every point on your purpose fulfillment journey. This means that the words that you use in your statement should always be in the present tense. They remind you constantly that you should take action and live in the present. Use words like “I do” and “I am.”
Revise and Sign your Statement
Great job, you now have a personal purpose statement. Remember that this is just a first draft. It is time to look over it a few times over. You don’t have to revise it on the same day. Take a while to do this and ensure that your words reflect exactly who you are and what you want to achieve.
Ensure that you have a space to append the statement with your signature. Signing this statement reveals your commitment to what you have written. When you are done, you can frame it and display it in your workspace.
Writing a personal purpose statement shows you your true personality as well as your abilities. Don’t rush the process because it will guide you through your journey to purpose fulfillment. Check out other interesting articles about purpose fulfillment on GodKulture.