People often struggle with articulating their life’s purpose.
A single unifying statement that helps clarify for them what they want their life to have counted for at the end of their days.
In a recent podcast interview with one of my business partners at Southwestern Consulting, Steve Reiner, he and our coaching client were talking through the process they used to help our client identify his purpose.
It’s become one of Steve’s specialties and he laid out 6 characteristics of what make a great life purpose statement that I thought were fantastic:
1. Useful – It should talk about your relationship with other people. Specifically it should address how you will serve and help others beyond just yourself.
2. Universal – It should apply to every area of your life and it should set a mode of operating for you that carries over into both your personal and professional life.
3. Aspirational – It should speak to the person you want to become and the impact you want to have. Almost as if it were a projection of your future self.
4. Formidable – It should be a challenge to achieve and be something that will require you to work and operate at your very best levels.
5. Controllable – It should be something in your power and that relies on you. For example you can’t have a life purpose to make someone happy because that is outside your control. You could say to dedicate your life to providing certain things for someone.
6. Inspirational – It should be something that when you read it, it breathes life into you and causes you to feel compelled to take immediate action.