Tuesday, May 25, 2010

life purpose

What’s your life purpose?

Have you ever thought about your purpose in life? I took a class last year that helped me think about this quite complex question. Through the following exercise we were able to help understand what our purpose was.

I often find myself drifting. I’m overworked and so always stressing that I forget to think about my goals. I’m just moving through the motions of life, almost like a robot. It’s not something I’m proud of, but at least I acknowledge it. This exercise was huge for me. I mean in my head I knew what I wanted to do when I grow up, I knew what group of people I want to help, and I know that I want to change the world.
But seeing the words on paper. Reading it out loud…it then suddenly came to life. It gave me goosebumps.

My life came to life.

Here are the steps, and be sure to take your time when coming up with the answer. and know that there is no right answer. This is YOUR life purpose.

1. List two of your unique personal traits

2. List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others

3. Assume the world is perfect right now. What does the world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? Write your answer in a statement, in the present tense, describing the ultimate condition, the perfect world as you see it and feel it. Remember, a perfect world is a fun place to live.

4. Combine the prior three subdivisions into a single statement.

My combined statement is:
My purpose is to use my determination and diligence to inspire and motivate others to support each other, love freely, and become a part of their community.

So have fun with this exercise, and let me know what you come up with!!


  1. Hmm, that looks like a fun exercise. I'm often stumped even by those questions though. It's hard to assess one's own unique traits, or at least it is for me. My life person is, very generally, to help others and draw fulfillment from those that. More specifically, I do that through my writing and day-to-day kindness... at the moment. I hope to branch out into other ways of fulfilling those goals in the future.

  2. Thanks for the feedback! I was aggravated when I got the assignment, but took some time to think about it before I began writing. For me having this to refer too gets me back on track and helps me to refocus. Its great that you can help others through writing, which is an extremely powerful tool.

  3. Hmm...I'm going to have to give this one some serious thought and come back with my life purpose. I think this is a great exercise for everyone to try. Like you said, it helps to keep focused on your goals and makes life real.


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