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Your Personal Purpose

For the last six years, I have loved giving the “Purpose Talk” at Women Doing Well’s Signature Events (formerly Inspiring Generous Joy). It’s brought me great joy to share with thousands of women that they indeed have a unique and personal purpose designed by their Creator. And it’s been a gift to see women’s lives transformed as they embraced this truth. 

But my heart sang the day Women Doing Well asked if I would spend one hour with each of their new retreat facilitators to help them refine their purpose statements. Working with each woman and asking God to help us understand His heart for her was a truly amazing experience. 

After 35 of these precious calls, I thought I would share some of the common insights to help you refine and understand your unique purpose. 

To develop your purpose statement consider:

1. What has always been true about you? 

2. What have been your life-defining moments? 

3. What are some On-Purpose moments in your life? 

4. What do you most want for others? 

To refine your purpose statement:

1. Look up the words in a dictionary and thesaurus  

2. Ask those that know you well what they see in you 

3. Do a Bible word search to find scriptures that encourage you in your purpose  

4. Ask God to make it clear to you 

To live out your purpose, it is important to:

1. Ask God to pour more of your purpose in you  

2. Identify how you live out your purpose statement personally 

3. Know that your purpose is all the time with everyone you meet  

4. Realize that the evil one also knows your purpose and will target to attack you there 

And finally, know that Jesus was On-Purpose. He knew and lived out His purpose whether people loved or hated Him, understood or misunderstood Him. He had to suffer for His purpose. At times, we may need to do that too.   

Hebrews 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer , and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. “ 

Let us join Him in living and giving out our unique purpose! 

Mary Tomlinson

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Mary Tomlinson

Mary Tomlinson is a high-energy motivator who is passionate about encouraging individuals and implementing change. With over 30 years of corporate and consulting experience, including 18 years at Disney, she has a real-world perspective on what is achievable in business and life. As president of On-Purpose Partners, Mary works with businesses, non- profits and government organizations and with individuals from many walks of life, helping each achieve greater purpose and focus. She lives in Wake Forest, N.C., with her husband and is a happy Grandma to two granddaughters. Her purpose statement is “inspiring hope.”

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