“Writing and reviewing a purpose statement changes you because it forces you to think through your priorities deeply, carefully and to align your behavior with your beliefs.” Stephen Covey
You were created with an original purpose in mind to make an impact in the world. The reason that you are alive right now, the reason that you have gone through everything you have gone through and the reason that the enemy could not take you out is evidence that God has a greater purpose for your life.
My Purpose Story
Several years ago, I was running at full speed; chasing after my dreams of career, family and financial success. In my hectic pursuit, I succeeded in accomplishing several of the dreams I set. I traveled the country working in sales and marketing. I earned a great salary. I achieved my family dream of being married with two children.
It seemed everything was going in the right direction. I was realizing my dreams. I was living what some would consider the American dream, but there was something missing.
I remember as if it was yesterday, I was doing my daily walk in our neighborhood asking God some serious questions about my life. After about fifteen minutes of laying out my case, I heard in my heart a still small voice say, “Bernard you need to seek Me for your life’s purpose.”
Those words I heard that day struck a serious nerve. I could not shake it from my mind. It was clear; I needed to seek God for my life’s purpose.
One day while reading my Bible, I was led to read Genesis 37-41. I learned from Joseph’s story that God has a purpose for me to fulfill beyond temporary possessions, earthly positions and the world’s false promises. I began a serious and intense purpose search for my life. I decided that whatever purpose God revealed to me, I would commit to it.
After a time of reading the Bible, praying, meditating and evaluating my life experiences; I realized my purpose.
My purpose is:
“To help bring out the color within people lives by encouraging, equipping and empowering them to realize and live out their God designed vision so that they make a greater impact in their life, marriage, family and work“.
The following is the process I went through, along with a list of questions that I answered to realize my purpose. I believe if you commit to the process and answer the questions honestly and completely then you will develop a frame of mind that will be conducive to defining your purpose.
Simple Instructions to begin the process:
- Take few sheets of paper, a pen and a Bible and/or our “In Position for Purpose” workbook.
- Find a place where you will not be interrupted. Turn off your mobile devices.
- Take some time to think through your answers.
- Write the answers to each question in explicit details.
- Be honest. Nobody will read it. Don’t worry about editing.
- Create a memorable purpose statement that is no more than two sentences. You want your purpose statement short and broad, but inspiring and motivating. Use action words that you connect with (empower, encourage, equip, organize, promote, inspire, motivate, etc.)
- Post your purpose statement on your mobile phone or computer wall paper, in your purse or wallet, on your mirror or in a place that you see it every day. Read your purpose statement daily to keep your focus.
- Enjoy the process.
8 Questions to Help You Realize Your Purpose
1. What are your unique gifts and abilities that God gave you?
2. What are your deepest desires within you?
3. What experiences in life were really fulfilling to you?
4. What are your non-negotiable core values?
5. What do you do that causes you to forget what time it is because it brings you great joy and satisfaction?
6. What would you do with your life if you had all the money you needed?
7. What were some challenges, difficulties and hardships you have overcome or are in the process of overcoming? How did you or how are you overcoming them?
8. What legacy do you want to leave?
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