creating your life purpose statement

This may take you several days, or longer. As you read through the exercise, ask God to show you what He’s put inside your heart. Don’t be in a hurry. Be observant and intentional as you work through this. Consider what you’re drawn to in life, and what impacts you. Invite His Spirit to lead and guide you.

There are 3 parts to finding your purpose statement.

 
 

Part 1: What's Most Important?

  1. Answer the below questions to brainstorm about what is most important to you. Don’t try to be spiritual. Just consider what’s in your heart.
    • What do you most value?
    • What is your highest priority?
    • If you could do one thing, what would it be?
  2. Read and mull your answers over. Spend some time thinking about what you most highly value.
  3. Write this most important thing—your priority in life—in one concise sentence. 

*** (This is your “part 1” piece to plug into the purpose statement template below)

 
 

Part 2: Your valued Attributes

1. Read through the attributes listed below.Think about the traits that you most highly value.

2. Circle the 10 attributes that are most important to you—that you most appreciate in people.
(Feel free to add in any others that aren’t listed).

adventure

decisiveness

exuberance

tranquility

communication

empowerment

generosity

affection

contemplation

intuition 

determination

patience 

loyalty 

ambition 

peace 

perseverance 

resourcefulness 

creativity 

strength 

integrity 

compassion

cheerfulness

diligence 

intelligence 

friendliness 

courage 

inspiration

kindness

passion

understanding

reliability

thoughtfulness

sensitivity 

wisdom 

gentleness

fun 

innovation

articulation

effectiveness

excellence 

faith

humility

boldness

love

radiance

beauty

humor

joy

sincerity

brilliance

grace

delight

mercy

care

honor

truth

purity

bravery

justice

unity

3. Of 10 words that you circled, write the top 3-4 that stand out to you as the most important.

*** (This is your “part 2” piece to plug into the purpose statement template below)

 
 

Part 3: influencing others

  1. Answer the below questions:
    1. If you could impart something to others, what would it be? 
    2. What do you want to contribute to the world around you?
    3. What would you like to be known for?
    4. What do you want your legacy to be?
  2.  Spend some time thinking about the impact you want your life to have.
  3. Solidify your answers and write them in one concise sentence.

*** (This is your “part 3” piece to plug into the purpose statement template below)

 
 

Compile your statement

You will write your life purpose by melding these 3 parts together to make a statement that resonates within the core of your being. Use the sentence starters below and plug your answers from parts 1, 2, and 3 into the template:

 

Write your “highest value” sentence, from Part 1, here:

My purpose is to...

 

Write your 3-4 most important attributes, from Part 2, here:

Creating a place where _________________, _________________, __________________, and __________________ abound.

 

Write your “legacy” sentence, from Part 3, here:

Where each person…

 

As an example, my personal life purpose is:

My purpose is to declare God’s glory in freedom and vulnerability;
creating a place where unity, love, truth, and value abound,
where each person comes to the heart of God and celebrates life, abundantly.

 

Once you have your answers plugged into the template, you have what you need to create your life purpose statement. Ask God to help you articulate what He’s created you to do. As you write it, make it personal. Feel free to smooth it out and make it less formulaic. When you feel like you have a statement that resonates with you, you should feel some excitement and energy in it. It should “live” within you. If it doesn’t, spend some more time with the LORD going over the exercise again. There’s no right or wrong answer. Just follow what He puts in your heart. And, if you feel stuck in any way, I highly encourage you to sleep on it. God speaks to us and ministers to us when we sleep.

 

 
I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
— Psalm 16:7
 

 

Write your completed Life Purpose Statement:

Once you have it, let it grow in you. The specifics of how you fulfill your purpose will likely change throughout your life—as seasons and roles shift—but the essence of it will deepen and grow as you mature in the LORD.