Writing Your Life Purpose Statement

Writing Your Life Purpose Statement

Writing a concise, personal, unique, and compelling purpose statement serves to guide and protect our larger life vision.  A purpose statement is a reflection of listening to our life story.  It is an expression of how God has authored our lives, reflecting our signature strengths and passions, as well as our experiences and personalities.  It answers the question, “How has God wired me to have a positive impact on the lives of others?”  It responds to the question of “Why am I here.”

If we think of a funnel, at the top of the funnel is general purpose truths, that could be true for everyone.  Answers like “to glorify God in all things,” or “to love people” are expressions of purpose statements that could be argued are shared by all, depending on your faith perspectives.

The goal of a purpose statement though, is to express a personal purpose statement that is true of the individual. The bottom of the funnel is where we express our specific, particular and unique expression of these truths that are true for everyone. Making it concise enables it to be memorable and should be able to pass the front of a t-shirt test for brevity.  Below is a simple template for a starting place.  It helps to generate ideas and offers straight forward categories if you are beginning to write a purpose statement from scratch. This particular statement has been slightly adapted from Dave Kraft’s work, who is my former coach..

My purpose is to use my strengths in (HOW) to (WHAT) resulting in (WHY).

As I have completed this exercise, here are some of the mechanics of my statement.

  • HOW: Coaching, strategy, leadership development, training, creativity, content creation
  • WHAT: help leaders live for grander vision, help leaders optimize their profiles,
  • WHY: Healthy leaders, healthy teams, healthy organizations

Putting it all together, here is my current statement:

My purpose is to use my strengths in coaching, creativity, and strategy to help leaders live for a grander vision and optimize their leadership profile while creating healthy and high performing teams and organizations.  

Once you have a basic statement, you can adapt the template, clarify it further and deepen the personal expression.  Some leaders who come from a Christian faith orientation may want to add something like “My purpose is to glorify God” at the beginning.

Purpose statements become clearer, more accurate and more meaningful the longer we live with them. 

My purpose is to use my strengths in (HOW) to (WHAT) resulting in (WHY).