Define Your True Purpose: Foundation To Get What You Really Want

Use these exercises to clarify your purpose

  • Have you ever been frustrated in your attempts to get what you want?
  • Do you want to know how great athletes and high achievers deliver THEIR best results?
  • When you really look, does it seem like you’re not even sure what you want?

Define your purpose clearly, or you don’t get much control over where you end up.

Since you’re here, you probably already read the background to this assignment. The key takeaway: it’s critical to know where you’re going. Either way, you’ll get somewhere, but without a clear purpose, it may not be where you want to be.

If you need more inspiration about this, or you just want the full experience, go read the first part of this assignment. Don’t worry, the page will open in a new tab, and there’s a link back also! You’ll have two ways to get back here.

If you’re already fired up, or you just want to start work:

Write A Vision Statement As A Foundation For Your Purpose

Instructions To Write Your Vision Statement(s):

Get Comfortable

Schedule an uninterrupted time and place where you can relax.

  • Find a nice, comfortable place and seating position.
  • Maybe grab yourself a nice, warm (or cold), relaxing beverage.
  • Choose your favorite writing tool(s).
Create a comfortable environment and write

Do This

Write for 10 minutes each, on the writing cues below. Follow these guidelines.

Free Write

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes. Start writing or typing after you start the timer and do not stop writing or typing until after the timer expires. Fingers keep moving even if you don’t know what to write. If you’re really stuck, write “I don’t know what to write” repeatedly until a new idea surfaces. I promise, it won’t take long (you’ll have a new idea before you’ve written the sentence TWICE).
  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are not important. The un-edited output of your unconstrained imagination is what we want.

Visualize

  • Write from YOUR point of view and YOUR ideas, not what “they’ve” told you or you believe someone else wants to hear. No judgments: just let it fly.
  • A ton of reality orientation isn’t critical here. At this stage, think of yourself as if you are Leonardo DaVinci inventing the submarine or Dick Tracy using a smart phone, centuries and decades before they were actually created.
  • Write vividly, in the present tense, as though you’re standing in the future, and what you’re describing already exists.
  • The most important thing is your unconstrained thinking on what’s most desirable to you. Don’t edit, just write.
  • Write in detail. Describe events, locations, people, places, activities. Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste?
  • Finish whatever thoughts you still have in mind after the timer expires. Continue writing until you’ve exhausted ideas. You may write 10 minutes 2 seconds, or you may write 29 minutes. Exhaust your ideas.

Have Fun

  • Have fun with it! Begin when you start the 10 minute timer. Do not stop writing or typing until the timer runs out or you run out of things to write, whichever comes LATER.
  • You may want to take a break between each 10 minute writing block, as writing all in a row may be tiring. However, if you are up to it, you can write at any time, or in any sequence you like.
Have fun!

Cues

Cue 1: Your Perfect World

Write your vision statement for a perfect world, from your point of view. How do different countries, societies, cultures, religions, and beliefs interact and manage the resources available to us?

Cue 2: What You Love

Describe your passions, the things you love, and things you’ve always wanted to do. Expand this into a Bucket List.

Cue 3: Your Perfect Life

Write your vision statement for your perfect life. This is you, standing in the future, having achieved your most important goal. “Describe your perfect day, week, month, and annual cycle (your perfect lifestyle), as YOU define it. Think King or Queen for a day(for life).”

Cue 4: Your Perfect Job

Write your vision statement for your perfect job. “Describe your perfect work day, week, month, and annual cycle (your perfect work life), as YOU define it. Think I’m the Boss, I love my job, I do what I want, and I make all the money I want.” This is you, standing in the future, working in the job you love.

Think of a three-word (or fewer) brand promise for the services or products you offer, (such as, “I paint houses” or “the ultimate analyst” or “writes cool code” (but don’t get stuck on this goal — just consider it for a moment).

Cue 5: Your Perfect Product

Write your vision statement for your perfect product. Describe the result of a product you’d like to create, and the positive difference it will make in the world. Describe the world that will result as it is impacted by this product.

Think of a three-word (or fewer) brand promise, (for example, “finally thin forever” or “ultimate driving machine” or “strategic defense initiative” (but don’t get stuck on this goal — just consider it — you will perfect it over time).

  • Describe in detail who would buy the product, who would use it, and who would pay for it.
  • Where would the product be sold?
  • Where would it be used?
  • What would it look like?
  • What resources (people and things) would be required to design it, manufacture it, distribute it, operate it, support it, and maintain it?

Cue 6: Your Perfect Business

Write your vision statement for your perfect business. “Describe your perfect business operating model, business cycle, processes, employees, customers, marketing, manufacturing, operations, service delivery, and support models. Describe the typical customer’s work day, week, month, and annual cycle, as THEY define it. Think I’m the Boss, I love my job, I do what I want, my customers are thrilled, and I make all the money I want.”

Think of a three-word (or fewer) brand promise for the core processes, services, or products delivered by the company, (such as, “we paint anything” or “high performance, delivered” or “the document company” (but don’t get stuck on this goal — just consider it for a moment).

Next, click here and write rules that support the life you really want

Example Vision Statements

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Originally published at Dylan Cornelius.