How to find your purpose.

1 exercise you can practice to take your life to the next level.


First things first... Why should you care?

Our purpose is the central thing that motivates us to become better versions of ourselves every day. Many of us have felt that uncomfortable feeling that something in our lives needs to change. However, most of us don't change until we're forced to change. For some of us, something drastic has to happen for us to start doing the things we should have done.

A purpose is different than a goal because it's a life-long pursuit of meaning. Purpose answers the question - what value do I bring to the world? Goals answer the question - what do I need to accomplish? In many cases, we don't develop goals that consider our purpose. Consequently, we end up accomplishing things with no personal meaning behind them. We're primarily taught to accomplish goals. For example, when we're young our parents set the goal of us graduating pre-K, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, undergrad, and so on. As we mature, we take on the goal of education in the hopes that we'll find a job.

But, have you ever thought about what job would align with your purpose? Not many parents ask their children to think intentionally about what motivates them to finish these various levels of school. Or, what long-term outcomes their children are looking for from their education? Some of us happen to grow into our purpose instead of thinking critically about it. This may take a little longer, but eventually, we get there. Others, spend a lifetime never realizing their purpose because they never thought they could make that decision for themselves. Wouldn't it be nice to have a tool to help you make that decision much quicker?


Understanding your purpose sets the stage for how you plan your life. Think about it. Every successful business has a mission. What's preventing you from having a personal mission? This exercise helps you do that and more.

Let's Get To The Point

There are four basic steps to finding your purpose. The Purpose Planner Framework helps to simplify and structure your thought process to find your purpose much quicker. Here, we provide an exercise that should be done routinely until the mission statement feels right. The feeling attached to your mission statement is key because your feelings provide you with an indicator of what's good for you and what's not. For those of you who don't like the word "feeling" - call it your "gut". Whatever you call it, just make sure the statement truly represents the core of who you are.

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Donnie Thomas:

Hey everybody, and welcome to What They Don't Teach You In School, where we teach life. My name is Donnie Thomas, and today I'm going to be doing something a little bit different. I'm going to be walking you through an exercise in finding your purpose. But before I start there are a few questions that I'd like to answer, why are we talking about this and why should you care? So, the first question, why are we talking about this? Many of the clients that I coach experience dissonance within themselves because they're aligning themselves with a future that does not fit their desires and their values. They're aligning themselves with things that fit someone else. They're looking at someone else's success plan, and they're trying to apply it to their lives and they're wondering why things aren't working out for them.

Donnie Thomas:

Yes, you can look at somebody who's a real estate investor or a stock investor or a business owner, and say, "These are ideas that might allow me to be lucrative as well. Let me draw from these experiences." But if those things don't truly align with the values that you hold dear to you, with the things that you hold important to you, you won't be able to sustain that type of a life because that life has meant for somebody else. That's why we're talking about this today because