Create a Personal Mission or Life Purpose Statement

“It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were… it matters where you are and what you’re doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” ~ Gautama Buddha

“‘I’m not unhappy,’ he said. ‘Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I’ve got a purpose.’” ~ Cassandra Clare

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” ~ W. Clement Stone

“I think that anytime you get clear about what your mission is or what your focus wants to be, things start to come together in your life.” ~ Eve Ensler

Life Purpose Statement
Create a Personal Mission or Life Purpose Statement

For anyone who has worked in any organization you are familiar with corporate Mission Statements, right?

Yet, how many of you have considered doing this for yourself? Why should companies or corporations only have title to this type of powerful declaration of why they exist and what they are striving to contribute to the world?

This type of statement or declaration doesn’t just tell other people what you are about, but it solidifies it in your own heart and mind. It becomes a lighthouse to guide you when the skies get dark and the waters rough. It becomes a road map when you get lost or fall off the path you have set for yourself. It reminds you of what is important and what you value in life.

Let’s face it; life is a journey with many challenges along the way.

If we can within our own life give it meaning and purpose it is much easier to overcome those challenges when they come, because we have that beacon of light and road map to remind us of where we are going, and who we are striving to be in our daily lives.

I first discovered this personal growth tool almost a decade ago and wrote my ‘Life Purpose’ statement at that time. I leave it framed in my office so that I can see it every day. It is as follows:

“To learn and grow from all of my life experiences, allowing me to be a complete spiritual and physical embodiment of my values, so as to live by example for my children and all those whose paths may cross with mine.”

In all these years I have never felt the need to update or change it. It is simple yet truly encompasses all that I do value and keeps me on track with my own personal goals in life.

It reminds me to eat healthy, to exercise, to be kind to others, to forgive, to be loving, to rest, to sleep well, to help and be of service to others, to speak my truth, to have integrity, to continue to read, to continue to learn, to listen, to be compassionate, to love myself, to be trusting, to relax, to laugh, to smile, to be gracious, to have fun, to be respectful, not to judge, and most importantly that when I fall in any of this to forgive myself, get back up, brush myself off and keep going and do my best.

  • What do you value?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • How do you want to show up each day?
  • Where do you want to go?

What is your mission and purpose? It does not have to be a huge and grand mission. It just has to feel right for you, right enough to give your life direction and meaning at this point in your life. Write it out and declare to yourself that you do in fact have a mission and purpose in life. We are all here for a reason, find yours.

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