Purpose – Our Guiding Ideals

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Statement of Purpose

There is a fundamental human need for guiding ideals that give meaning to our actions”, states Roger Fisher. Renowned psychiatrist Victor Frankl’s premise is that “man’s search for meaning” is the primary reason to live.

Purpose as defined at dictionary.com – 1.  The reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 2. An intended or desired result, end, aim, goal.  3. Determination; resoluteness.  4. To set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.

As the name signifies, the Statement of Purpose is your personal statement about who you are and is a reflection on what has influenced your life path so far, you’re interests, and where you plan to go from here. Throughout my life I have found myself reflecting on the status of my life and checking to see if I am being driven by a purpose. I remember a story I heard told by a hospital executive, Quint Studer, as he described his walking around the hospital during administrative rounds. He engaged the janitor, who was mopping the operating room floors, in a conversation on purpose. When asked what he was doing at the hospital the janitor did not hesitate to answer that he was saving lives. The janitor understood the purpose to his job at the hospital and found work that helped him realize his purpose. When we realize our purpose, find the opportunity to provide service through our employment or by volunteering with an organization that provides us an opportunity to realize our purpose, we are often happier and more productive overall.  When we find ourselves contributing to a purpose greater than our own efforts we often feel inspired.

As a visiting nurse I was very connected to the purpose of nurturing and caring for others. There were many long days that included overnight call, but I always looked at my role as servicing others in need, and often felt as though my patients and their families gave me so much more than I gave to them.

Many of us want to have a driving purpose in our lives and contribute to a greater cause. We may find this through our work or through outside activities in the community or at home.  In health care I had a connection to a greater purpose, do worthwhile work, and have the opportunity to make a difference. As a mother I feel connected to my purpose of providing love and guidance to my boys as they develop into young adults.  Through www.inspiringtransitions.com  I want to make a difference in the lives of 100,000 women; providing resources to help them create the life they want. During life’s hectic times, we may not have the opportunity to reflect on our purpose or even consider that we do worthwhile work, and we often tend to lose sight of how we make a difference.

We forget and need to take the time to reflect on why we are here, why we do the activities we do, and understand why we chose our various roles.

In a recent article from the Dallas Business Journal, writer Lee J. Colan posed some questions to consider:

“How does your purpose make you feel?”

“Does your purpose make you look at your job/role differently?”

“What can you change or do differently to better support your purpose?”


I hope you take the time to reflect on what your purpose is, and that you find a way to serve your purpose either through your work or in the community by contributing to a larger cause.


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