Knowing the reason why you get up every morning — your life purpose — is essential to creating and achieving goals and dreams that are in line with what you ultimately want out of life.

In his best selling book, The Success Principles, Jack Canfield, Success Coach and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, says: “To be ‘on purpose’ means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you.”

In The Success Principles, Canfield shares a life purpose exercise that helps you create a “purpose statement”, which you can use to influence the formation of your goals and dreams and your daily activities.

In this short, life purpose exercise, Canfield asks you to answer three questions:

  1. What are two of your unique personal qualities?
  2. What are two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others?
  3. Assuming the world is perfect, what does it look like? (Use the following questions to help form your answer: How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? Write your answer as a statement, in the present tense, describing the perfect world as you see it and feel it.

Once you’ve answered these questions, the final step is to put the information together to create your purpose statement.

My friend, Sherry, did this exercise and here is what she came up with:

In answer to Question 1: Sherry says that her two unique personal qualities are her sense of enthusiasm — she loves learning new things — and her personable nature — she loves talking to people.

In answer to Question 2: When interacting with others, Sherry expresses enthusiasm and her personable nature by creating excitement around whatever they happen to be talking about and sharing knowledge and anecdotes about the subject matter.

In answer to Question 3: Sherry’s statement about the perfect world goes something like this:

“People acknowledge and respect each others differences, are happy and positive with their work and home life, and go out of their way to bring joy to others.”

Now when she put it all together, Sherry’s life purpose statement is:

“My purpose is to use my enthusiasm and personable nature to create excitement and share what I learn with the world in a way that respects each other’s differences and brings a sense of the extraordinary to people’s lives.”

Once you’ve come up with your “purpose statement” you can use it to help you set goals and guide your daily decision making. You’ll know if you’re on the right track because if the things you’re doing bring joy into your life, you are in alignment with your purpose.

Give it a try!

I’d love to hear what you came up with too, share below your “Purpose Statement”


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