Humans are meaning seeking creatures who thrive when they have a deep sense of purpose. Designing a life purpose statement that hits to the core of your being in a powerful way is an iterative process. For many, different seasons, experiences and transformative moments will result in further clarity and calibrations. It is important to have an experimental mindset as you begin to craft the statement and make revisions. How do you evaluate a purpose statement? While it is true that purpose statements can take on various forms and different individuals will nuance them, great purpose statements have five items in common:
- Compelling: You find it inspiration and are highly motivated by it
- Personal: It Expresses your God-given DNA and
- Concise: It is memorable, easy to recall and share with others
- Helpful: It is useful in making decisions about where to invest your life, what to say yes to and what to say no to
- Outward Focused: It describes a purpose greater than selfish ambition and self-advancement
Can you check the boxes on these elements of a great purpose statement? Don’t worry about getting it perfect. Perfection is a block of creativity. Instead, sit with it, play with it, and then live with it. Wash and repeat.