As I continue my hero’s journey, a journey filled with a deep sense of purpose for me, I’ve come to understand something critical:
When we write things down or type them out, we tap into a unique and tangible power.
It’s a power that’s rarely engaged when we simply think about things or talk about them.
The difference between wondering about what you’re meant to be doing on this planet versus sitting down and writing your thoughts out is like the difference between the Flintstones car and a BMW.
You’re going to get where you want to go way faster in the BMW.
(And you’re likely to avoid some major bumps and bruises along the way.)
It took me five years after I graduated college to get to a place where I knew I was born to be a writer, an author, and a coach and to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that personal development was the passion I wanted to pursue in my professional life.
I then spent the next three years going through a massive healing journey to get to the point where I could start acting on it.
Five to eight years may sound like a long or short time to you, but that’s not the point.
The point is this:
I could have discovered these things much sooner if I had sat down and asked myself the right questions about who I truly was and what I really wanted to do with my life.
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The Funny Thing About How I Found My Purpose
Here’s the funny thing about this:
I always knew I was born to be a writer and an author in the personal development space. I just never wrote it down.
The idea just bounced around in my head as a vague desire or want.
I dabbled with writing for a personal development blog, but I never focused on it and took it seriously.
Because I never clearly wrote down what I was passionate about and what I really wanted, I did a bunch of other things instead of what I was truly born to do.
And for years, I delayed the satisfaction, inner peace, and confidence I now feel because I never even took 15 minutes to ask myself these questions and write my answers out.
The Moment I Knew What I Was Born To Do
The moment I knew what I was born to do, and truly knew it, was when I wrote it down.
Simple as that.
From there, I began to define my purpose clearly at every layer I could identify in my life.
Now, it’s very easy for me to say what I’m born to do and what my purpose and passions are.
So easy, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for me not to follow them.
That’s the key…
To get so clear on who you are, what you want, what’s most important to you, and where you want your life to go, that you can’t not follow it.
And this clarity comes from one main thing:
Writing it down.
Why You, Your Mom, and Your 3rd Grade Teacher Should Write Down a Life Purpose Statement
Now that I’ve fully convinced you that you need to write this stuff down if you want to uncover a deep sense of clarity that will fuel and serve you for the rest of your days…
And that if you don’t do this you could delay your highest happiness and life satisfaction for years, decades, or…God forbid…
dun dun dunnn…
Now it’s time to answer the question:
“What the hell do I actually write down?”
I’m ecstatic that you’ve asked, good reader.
A life purpose statement.
Noooooo… Whyyyyy?? This Feels Like Homework, Michael!
This is the homework we all should’ve gotten as juniors and seniors in high school when we first seriously considered what we wanted to do with our lives.
At the least, we should’ve gotten this assignment as sophomores in college before starting our major.
Consider this the life work we all should’ve done, but didn’t, that could’ve saved us years (and perhaps decades) of doing stuff that sucks for money we only get to spend on the weekends because we’re too tired and depressed to enjoy our lives the rest of the time.
I don’t know about you, but when I was 25 and had a soul-sucking office job, I was too tired to even go out and have fun with my friends on Friday nights. I’d come back, jump on the couch, pack a bowl, and binge Netflix.
Sunday was spent recovering from the night before, so, really, I only had fun on Saturdays.
(Thank God that’s over now.)
My idea of fun has changed a lot since I was 25. I don’t drink like I used to and my recreational life is much more balanced now.
But, either way, I went through that experience because I hadn’t found the clarity I needed to know what I was really meant to do and take practical steps to do it.
So I ended up in a soul-sucking job that drained my energy and made it difficult to enjoy more than 15% of my life back then (one day of the week).
Do I really need to tell you how valuable your self-knowledge is?
And how valuable it can be for you to write out a purpose statement that clearly defines who you are, what you want, what’s most important to you, and where you want to go in life?
It can literally save you years or decades trading your time for money or staying stuck in situations that leave you feeling frustrated, tired, anxious, stressed out, and lost.
(But if you need more encouragement, please comment below or send me an email. I’ll be happy to dive deeper with you.)
Gaining Deep Clarity: How to Create a Life Purpose Statement
I’ll tell you what few people will about finding your purpose:
You need to do the inner work.
If you truly want to find life-changing clarity that can guide you and fuel you for the rest of your life, you’ve got to do the inner work.
You need to sit yo’ ass down and ask yourself some of the most important questions in life, such as:
- What am I good at or want to get good at?
- What do I love to do?
- If I could help anyone in the world, who would I help and how would I help them?
- What am I most passionate about in life?
- What challenges do I want to face in life? Which challenges would help me grow?
- What are my top 3 values in life?
- Which of my life lessons could serve others?
- How have I enjoyed helping others in the past?
- How do I want to feel on a daily basis in my life?
- How do I want to grow and evolve as a human being?
- What is my ideal lifestyle?
- What’s most important to me in life? And in the different areas of my life?
- If I were to follow my heart, what would I do with my life?
Then you need to write your answers down so you can dig as deep as possible into who you truly are, what’s most important to you, and what you really want.
This is the most direct path to finding your purpose.
Then, and only then, can you create a life purpose statement that is true to you and accurate.
How Do You Create a Life Purpose Statement?
To create a life purpose statement, the first step is to ask yourself the right questions and write your answers down. The second step is to use those answers to formulate your statement.
My statement is as follows:
My purpose is to experience joy and serve the world by helping people achieve their dreams lovingly, joyfully, and happily.
For me, joy is one of the highest spiritual states I can achieve in any area of life. It’s intrinsic. If I’m experiencing joy, I’m living very purposefully in that moment.
This means I’m living purposefully when I’m spending time with the people I care about, dancing, traveling, writing, creating something, eating good food, exercising, walking, listening to music, making music, learning something new, or doing anything that brings me joy.
It’s all purposeful and meaningful to me. I’m living in alignment with my purpose when I engage in any activity that brings me joy.
The next part is what I believe to be my higher purpose or a part of my higher purpose: to serve the world and help people achieve their dreams. This came to me as a powerful inspired thought while I was living in Vietnam in 2019.
You can listen to the full story below:
The final part of my purpose statement is about helping people achieve their dreams in a state of joy, instead of by working themselves to the bones and getting themselves super out of balance, like I did when I first got started on my journey.
To be honest, I wrote this statement in 2019, and it has guided my life since, but I’ve also discovered a lot more about my life purpose since then. So my statement could use an update.
However, you get the picture.
Start asking yourself the right questions and write down your answers. Then use those answers to formulate your purpose statement.
To help you make a start and give you ideas, the next section offers 50 life purpose statement examples with a short description of each.
This will help you see the many ways your statement could be written and the many types of life purposes that are possible.
50 Life Purpose Examples to Inspire You in 2023
Alright, moving on to the meat of this post, here are 50 life purpose statement examples to help you get started.
These examples will help spark ideas and inspire you to know that it is possible to find the clarity you desire.
Remember, the answers are already within you.
1. To help people achieve their dreams.
As I said, this is a part of my higher purpose.
This purpose is all about helping people succeed. It’s something that can be incredibly fulfilling and drive you to continue to empower yourself and get better every day to serve others at a higher level.
2. To have fun and enjoy life.
This purpose statement is nice and simple. Whenever you are having fun and enjoying life, you are living in alignment with your purpose.
And the more conscious you are of this, the more you can design your life to include more activities that are fun and joyful for you (and fewer that aren’t).
3. To help the world find balance.
This is a higher level purpose about balance and harmony, something many of us care about because it means a lot for the beings that call this planet home.
This purpose could be related to a powerful cause or solving a global issue.
4. To help kids become more well-rounded people.
This purpose statement is more specific. It’s about helping children become more well-rounded, more holistic, and better able to navigate life.
Many of us find a lot of purpose in passing something on to the next generation, and this statement resembles that.
5. To support a social or environmental cause.
We often find purpose in contributing to something that is greater than ourselves, like a social or environmental cause we care about.
Working together towards a common goal is one of the most powerful ways to bring people together, utilize the strengths of each participant, and build self-esteem as you make progress as a group.
Supporting a social or environmental cause with others can be a powerful learning and bonding experience.
6. To bring joy to others.
Again, we tend to find a lot of purpose in helping others and making them feel good.
This purpose statement is more general, but it’s something that can guide someone who wants to help other people feel good and enjoy life in whatever context they find themselves.
7. To spread love.
Love is one of the most powerful energies in our universe. Some of us just want to spread this energy around the world, and this can be highly purposeful and joyful.
8. To give back to the community and help less-advantaged people.
Many people want to give back to the community and help others who are less fortunate than them, especially once they’ve achieved a certain level of success and prosperity.
However, you don’t have to be financially successful to help others. Volunteer opportunities are abundant in just about every city. There is always someone we can help if we want to.
As we move up in the world, we can reach back and lend a hand to others to help them rise, as well.
9. To raise a family and support them.
A huge percentage of the human population finds an immense amount of purpose and meaning in raising a family, even if they aren’t consciously aware of it.
I was just at my friend’s wedding, and I asked one of my friends how his life is going.
He said he’s been finding so much purpose in watching his son grow up and experience the world (he’s turning two this year). My friend is also getting to live vicariously through his child, and that’s incredibly purposeful for him.
Being a supportive element for family members as they navigate life can be one of the most meaningful activities we engage in.
10. To build a business that changes people’s lives.
This is also a big part of my purpose in the world.
Many people see business as a way to make money, but many entrepreneurs also see it as a way to make a positive impact on the world.
Many of the products and services that have enhanced our lives could not have been created without a business structure to fund and deliver them, especially over the long term.
A lot of the passions people have that can serve others can be turned into businesses, so entrepreneurs can do what they love to do for a living while helping others.
Businesses can change people’s lives, and many entrepreneurs find a lot of purpose in creating and building businesses that make a positive impact on the world.
11. To travel and learn about other cultures.
I lived abroad in South East Asia for 10 months and in Costa Rica for 9 months, and I find so much meaning in traveling to another country, absorbing myself in the culture, and learning how other people around the planet think, feel, and live.
Travel broadens the mind, as they say. I believe it also opens the heart.
Some experiences can only be had through travel and exploration, and many of them can be life-changing.
12. To achieve optimal health and help others do the same.
Since health is wealth, and without it, we’re screwed, health is an incredibly popular layer of purpose for many people.
Achieving optimal health can help someone maximize their ability to enjoy and experience the rest of life, and helping others do the same can be very fulfilling.
Many personal trainers, fitness coaches, health and fitness YouTubers, authors, etc, find a lot of purpose in sharing this information and expertise with others.
13. To play beautiful music.
Music can take us to another place, soothe us in times of sadness or pain, lift us to the highest heights of joy, and remind us of days long gone.
Many find purpose in playing music for the simple intrinsic value it provides. Whether you are an expert or not, music can be a wonderful outlet for creative expression.
When I’m in Costa Rica, I go to a weekly jam session every Thursday and play music with a bunch of other people, and it’s one of the most fun and fulfilling events I attend.
14. To learn from my challenges and share the lessons with others.
This is a part of my purpose as well. I’ve experienced many challenges in my journey so far, but each one has come with powerful lessons that can then be shared with others to help them along their journeys.
This purpose statement helps you turn any challenge you face into an opportunity for learning and growth. It helps you turn obstacles into opportunities that can become stepping stones for you and others.
15. To learn and grow.
Many of us, including me, find a lot of purpose in personal and spiritual growth.
Learning leads to growth, and growth leads to fulfillment. You’re becoming more of who you really are, and you’re reaching for your potential.
This can provide lots of meaning and fulfillment, especially over the long term as you look back at how far you’ve come.
16. To teach.
Teaching is one of the most purposeful professions, especially when infused with a sincere desire to empower others.
Also, these days, teaching isn’t only done in the classroom. It can be done on YouTube, blogs, online courses, social media, workshops, seminars, and more.
If you love teaching, there has never been a better time to share your knowledge and expertise with others. We’re living in the information age, and the information you have could help many people.
17. To help injured animals recover their health and integrate back into the wild.
Many people find purpose in helping animals.
These creatures tend to be harmed by human activity more than helped by it. As such, lots of people find it important and crucial to help correct that imbalance and help these animals rehabilitate and thrive once again.
Animal shelters can be a wonderful place for people to work or volunteer and do purposeful work.
18. To empower others.
Empowering others is all about lifting others up and helping them step into more of their own power and ability.
Often, it’s about helping them tap into the power that already exists within them.
Whenever we are helping to uplift others, this is often a highly purposeful activity.
19. To appreciate art and beauty.
Many find purpose in art and the beauty of the world. People who appreciate art often congregate in communities and share their appreciation for artistic creations.
20. To live my life true to myself in all ways.
This purpose statement can act as a guiding light as you navigate your life.
Living true to yourself means identifying who you really are in each moment and living in alignment with your inner truth. This means saying ‘yes’ to things that align with who you are, and ‘no’ to things that don’t.
And as you continue to do this, you will bring more ‘yeses’ into your life, and your life will continue to expand joyfully.
21. To achieve the highest heights in my career.
Many people find purpose in their career aspirations, especially if the work is important to them.
By aiming for the highest heights in anything, we force ourselves to tap into as much of our potential as we can.
22. To serve others at the highest level.
Many of our most purposeful ventures involve serving others.
By choosing a purpose to serve others at the highest level, you can take the focus off yourself and put it on helping others in the best way you can.
23. To write stories that make people laugh.
This purpose combines something you might enjoy (like writing stories) with a beneficial outcome for others (like making people laugh), both of which can be fulfilling.
24. To be the change I want to see in the world.
Many people believe that in order to experience positive change in the world we need to become that change ourselves.
This means embodying the change you wish to see in the world, and the journey to do this can be highly purposeful.
25. To gather and share knowledge.
Lots of people find meaning in learning and gaining knowledge. The continuous pursuit of knowledge and understanding can be fulfilling and lead to a satisfying awareness of the world and the way things work.
Sharing that knowledge with others to help them grow and expand can also contribute to a more fulfilling life path.
26. To help people find inner peace.
Inner peace is a powerful spiritual state that can have far-reaching benefits on how we navigate life. Helping people reach this state can be immensely fulfilling.
27. To create videos that change people’s perspectives.
In the age of content creation, more people than ever have the opportunity to express their creative talents and share them with the world.
This purpose combines the use of creative talent with a specific purpose for that talent.
28. To share wisdom with others.
Again, sharing something valuable with others so they can benefit from it is often a powerful avenue for finding purpose and meaning in one’s life.
Sharing wisdom with others is an example of such a purpose.
29. To uncover spiritual truths.
Lots of people find purpose in spirituality and spiritual knowledge.
The pursuit of deeper spiritual truths can bring people to an understanding of life that can fill them to the brim with meaning and satisfaction.
The journey to uncover these truths is often filled with learning and growth.
30. To persistently pursue my potential.
This is a common purpose for entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, scientists, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of what they can accomplish and experience in life.
The power of this purpose is due in part to its never-ending nature. The pursuit of one’s potential is constant, which means you are living in a constant state of purpose and meaning as you continue to discover what you are really made of.
31. To live a life of abundance.
Abundance encompasses all aspects of life, so choosing to live abundantly as your purpose can lead to lots of personal growth as well as fulfillment as you experience abundance in all things.
When you are overflowing with abundance, you’re in a better place to give to others and share what you are experiencing with them.
32. To support a cause I believe in.
Many of us find purpose in a cause (or causes) we believe in. A cause can unite us and give us something meaningful to work towards.
33. To become an amazing athlete.
I always found lots of purpose being an athlete in school. Being on a team, working together, training together, and competing to be the best athlete I could be was deeply fulfilling for me.
34. To entertain others and help them escape for a while.
This purpose is strongly correlated with the entertainment industry, i.e. actors, comedians, musicians, etc. These days, YouTubers, streamers, and podcasters also fit into this category.
Entertainment helps people escape from stressful or difficult situations. It gives them a temporary reprieve from the hardships they’re facing, which can make it easier to face those hardships and eventually overcome them.
35. To make contributions to my field of expertise.
Contribution is one of the most fulfilling activities most of us experience. Many people find purpose in contributing meaningful knowledge, insights, or findings to their field of expertise.
These contributions can create lasting impacts for years to come. This contribution also becomes something you can look back on fondly and appreciate as time goes on.
36. To inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals and dreams.
Inspiring and motivating others is one of the most uplifting things we can do for another.
This purpose is all about inspiring others to achieve what they want to achieve in life; to overcome their fears, to go after what they want, to challenge themselves, and to reach for their potential.
37. To continually improve and develop myself.
Continuous self-improvement can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling activities we experience because there is always some way in which we can grow. This keeps us consistently satisfied, engaged, and fulfilled.
38. To create meaningful connections with people.
Our relationships with others tend to be some of the most meaningful aspects of our existence, whether these are friends, family, coworkers, etc.
Quality relationships bring meaning to everything we do in life, and they make everything we do more purposeful and enjoyable.
This purpose is all about consciously creating meaningful connections with people that deepen your ability to experience life to the fullest.
39. To connect people together.
Similar to the previous purpose, this purpose is about fostering connections between people. However, this one is about bringing other people together and being a bridge for social interaction.
Often, a single meeting between people can be life-changing, you could be the bridge that makes it happen.
40. To discover the hidden healing secrets of the world and share them with others.
Our world is filled with undiscovered solutions to some of our most difficult problems.
This purpose involves scouring the world for healing remedies that can cure us of even the direst ailments and sharing them with others so they can heal and live full lives again.
41. To heal myself and my past traumas.
It’s one thing to have traumas. Most of us do. But it’s another to put forth a determined conscious effort to heal yourself and transcend them.
This purpose is about taking some of the most difficult parts of you and your history and turning them into opportunities for growth and empowerment.
42. To not take life too seriously.
I love this purpose because it can be easy to take everything in life seriously, as if every aspect is life or death.
This purpose allows you to relax and go with the flow of life. It allows you to be able to shrug things off and find the humor in situations.
Not taking life too seriously can immediately lighten the load on your shoulders and make you more resilient to life’s ups and downs.
43. To give to my children and help them live happy and successful lives.
Having kids is often a deeply purposeful experience. As a parent, you are taking care of another human life and helping it grow, evolve, and navigate life to the best of its ability.
Being a part of this process as a caretaker, guide, or teacher can be one of the most fulfilling, satisfying, and challenging experiences we can have.
44. To leave a legacy.
Many people want to know that when they die a part of them will continue to exist, either in memory or as continued value provided to the world.
This purpose can bring meaning to whatever you are doing right now as you consciously think about how what you are doing now can benefit generations to come.
45. To make others happy.
This purpose allows for an open-ended expression of giving. Many people find satisfaction in making others smile, laugh, and feel better.
Therefore, as you make others happy, this makes you happy at the same time. It’s a win-win that can bring meaning and fulfillment into your life as you focus on it consciously.
46. To give people a voice who otherwise wouldn’t have one.
This purpose has a ton of power to it.
Many of us have grown up taking our freedom of speech for granted. When we speak, people listen and often respond. However, many people around the world don’t have this luxury.
This purpose is about finding people whose voices cannot be heard by most people and giving them a platform to tell their stories and bring awareness to what they’re going through.
47. To help people heal their relationship with their parents.
Our relationship with our parents has one of the deepest impacts on who we are as people and how we engage with life.
All else being equal, a good relationship with your parents will have far-reaching benefits for your life, and a difficult relationship often makes many other aspects of life more challenging.
Therefore, helping people heal their relationship with their parents can be life-changing. In the process, this can become a deeply meaningful and fulfilling journey as the facilitator of this healing.
48. To help couples strengthen their relationships.
A strong romantic relationship is one of the most powerful forces we can tap into. Helping couples strengthen their relationships will help them in every other aspect of life and can bring more joy, love, and appreciation into relationships that might be on a downward spiral.
49. To ride shiny Lamborghinis at night.
This purpose is kind of funny, but I wanted to include it to show you that your purpose can be what you choose it to be, and you don’t need anyone else’s approval.
This purpose comes from a Japanese man in the Netflix show, Midnight Asia. His purpose, his ikigai, is to ride shiny Lamborghinis around the city at night with his friends.
It’s a deeply fulfilling experience for him, and he loves it. Enough said.
Want to find your ikigai? Download my free Finding Your Ikigai worksheet.
50. To build a loving home for my family.
Finally, building a loving home for your family is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the next generation.
This purpose is deeply rooted in creating a wholesome, loving, and giving family environment that sets the children up to live happily and successfully over the long term.
Ready to Find Your Calling? Here’s a 5-Step System for Finding Your Purpose and Following It
Now that you’ve read through these examples, you’re probably itching to take the next step and figure out what your purpose statement is.
It took me eight years to figure out what I was meant to do and start doing it. In that period of trial and error, I developed a five-step process anyone can follow to find their life’s purpose and start following it.
It’s called The Purpose Discovery System.
The Purpose Discovery System is a no-fluff guide packed with exercises to help you gain a deep sense of clarity about who you are, what you want, what’s most important to you, and where you want your life to go.
Here are the 5 steps:
- Learn what a life purpose really is.
- Uncover your inner purpose by asking yourself the right questions.
- Define your purpose and purpose plan.
- Live your purpose by following your plan.
- Empower your purpose journey with the right tools and resources.
The book walks you through all of these steps in detail, with examples, explanations, and exercises, and the Kindle e-book version is only $0.99 on Amazon right now.
Also, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.
Your purpose awaits…
Also, check out my free Self-Discovery Workbook. It’ll help you identify who you are on a deeper level and use it as a roadmap to your ideal future.