(HPP Series, Part 4)
Welcome to our fourth installment of the Human Performance Potential (HPP) Series. In this blog, my goal is to give you a few guidelines and steps for developing your own unique purpose statement that will help you live a life of focused service, leadership, creativity, and success.
Let’s get started by reviewing four concepts we’ve covered that provide us with the foundation to frame and understand our purpose:
Foundation 1: Identity
You are a son of God the Father—a Father who is holy, pure, forgiving, generous, and loves to reward His children. You are also in Christ, the Son of God, which means that you are loved, forgiven, favored, righteous, chosen, empowered, backed, and believed in just like Jesus is.
Foundation 2: WHY
Jesus is not only came to save us from hell; He came to end the divorce between heaven and earth, to bring us back into relationship with God and empower us to live in and from the kingdom of God. Our primary WHY as believers is to live from this kingdom and release its influence to those around us. We are to bring heaven to earth.
Foundation 3: HOW
We must set our minds and hearts on things above. That is, we must allow the Holy Spirit in us to renew our minds and grow day by day into mature followers of Jesus. As we mature, we begin to operate more and more like Jesus.
Foundation 4: WHAT
Here’s the bottom line. Do the work of Jesus. Allow love to be your driving force. Jesus asks us to bear good fruit. Therefore, we are to go and father, lead, serve, create, discover, learn, and protect.
The Purpose Statement
Writing out your purpose statement doesn’t have to be a one-time exercise. It can grow in clarity and detail over the years as you walk with the Lord. However, doing the work now to formulate a clear statement of your purpose will help you grow in awareness of your purpose and help you align your thinking and choices with that on a daily basis—if you use it.
Please get ready to put some work in to create your purpose statement. I have never seen any growth, change, or success in my life without putting some work in, and I’m sure you would say the same. If you truly want to live a life that matters, you must be prepared to put the work in.
In the next few days or weeks, take some purposeful quiet time to think, pray, soul search, and journal. Here are 5 steps for creating your own purpose statement:
Step 1: Promises, Prophecies, and Promptings
God is a speaking God, and He speaks in many ways—through the words of Scripture, through other believers who are listening to His Spirit, through the “still, small voice” in your own heart, and more. Ask Him to help you remember the various things He has shown you about your identity and purpose over your life, and to speak in a fresh way to you about them now. Write down the following:
- Promises from Scripture that speak to who you are and your calling
- Prophetic or encouraging words from people who have called out your God-given purpose and potential
- Promptings or whispers from God Himself to your heart reminding you of who you are and why He created you
- The meaning of your name
Step 2: Dreams
Our Father is the God of the impossible. Jesus told us that believers would do “greater things” than He did because He was going to the Father (see John 14:6). Our Father wants us to dream big about how we can see heaven come to earth through our lives. However, often our imagination gets shut down because of disappointment or because our mind has not been renewed to think like Jesus does.
Make a list of your dreams. Challenge yourself to write down at least fifty dreams. Highlight the ones that seem to really resonate with your purpose in life. If you find that dreaming is difficult, ask the Father to bring healing to your heart in those areas.
Step 3: Legacy
A lot of things Jesus did didn’t make sense to His disciples, because He operated from a long-term vision. He didn’t come to set up an earthly kingdom, but to leave an eternal legacy. He calls us to live with the same kind of vision, and when we do, it will directly shape our priorities and what we choose to spend our time doing.
- What kind of legacy do you want to leave on the planet?
- How do you want to be remembered?
- What do you want to accomplish not just through your current job, but over your career(s) in life?
- How do you want to impact your wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beyond?
- How do you want to influence your friends, colleagues, church, community, nation, and the world?
Step 4: Inventory Your Values and Resources
Thoughtfully answer the following:
- What are your top core values? (List 5-10)
- What are your primary gifts, talents, interests, resources, and passions?
- What has happened in your life that transformed you into a better, stronger, more resilient person? How can you share this with the world? (If you’ve struggled so has someone else.)
- Who are the people you care most about serving or partnering with in life?
Step 5: Start with a Paragraph, then a Sentence
Taking all the information you’ve collected through the above exercises, write out a 1-2 purpose statement. Here are a few prompts you can use:
- My purpose is to bring heaven to earth by . . .
- I want to be part of transforming people’s lives by . . .
- Successfully fulfilling my purpose in life looks like . . .
- As a son of the Father, my purpose is to walk in relationship and represent Him by . . .
After you finish those paragraphs, try to distill your purpose statement into one sentence. Here’s mine:
My life mission, my one thing, is to be a conduit for the power of God
to bring to light the potential in mind, body, and spirit that lies in others so that they may complete their assignment in life.
Using Your Purpose Statement
A few final reminders:
- See this purpose statement as a work in progress, something you will use and update regularly through the years.
- Use this purpose statement to set your goals.
- Set regular times in your weekly, monthly, and yearly schedule to review this statement. Consider posting it somewhere visible where you’ll see it often—your mirror, dashboard, or desk.
- Remember that you are more than just what you see in the mirror. God has given you a body, a mind, and a spirit. As you contemplate your purpose, keep your complete being in mind. It should be your daily goal to improve each of these aspects of yourself.
I hope and pray that this guide will guide you, help you, and bless you to live a life that matters and fulfill your God-given purpose. Go forth and live a life of purpose.