I’ve heard it said that red is the hot, crazy girl of colors.
Red is the color of fire and blood; often associated with war, determination, passion and love.
The day that I used this foolproof formula to discover my purpose was the very same day I ordered my little red writing desk from Target.com.
Because taking the time to complete this exercise and draft my own manifesto helped me discover that I was born to write.
And this writer needs a creative space that ignites her soul and inspires her craft.
The days crept by as I frequently scanned my front stoop in anticipation of the arrival of an enormous brown box highlighted with Target’s signature red tape.
I am grateful no one was around to witness my squeal of delight when that life-altering red desk arrived at my doorstep on a brisk Tuesday afternoon.
My mouth watered as I went to work unpacking, deciphering instructions, and piecing together a writing surface that reminded me of my two favorite candies–Twizzlers and Red Hot Tamales.
I left behind a trail of styrofoam blocks, bubble wrap, screwdrivers, and boxes as I lugged my prized possession into the master bedroom.
I lovingly situated my ruby-red desk in a place where the outdoor light caresses its corners and the sweeping valley views embrace and inspire it.
Because this little writing desk has a big job to do.
Its crimson stain serves as a constant reminder that I have been refined by fire and purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ.
Its fiery red color is an ever-present symbol the elements of pursuing a purpose-filled life: War. Determination. Passion. Love.
Over the past few months of writing at my firecracker desk, I’ve discovered that knowing my purpose and pursuing that purpose are two completely different things.
Because big dreams demand diligent and consistent effort.
What are your big dreams?
Are you willing to go to war and bleed for them; to passionately pursue them with determination and love?
If so, keep reading….because I created this free workbook with my fellow dreamers and passion-pursuers in mind!
Whether you are a full-time mom, a teacher, a pastor, or a writer (like me), taking a few moments at the beginning of the new year to establish your purpose, mission, and vision is a worthwhile endeavor.
No matter what your journey looks like, or what dreams you are pursuing, having a clear purpose and goal set out before you will increase your chances of success ten-fold!
My Foolproof 5-step Formula…
Step 1: Discover your Purpose
A purpose statement tells others what you do. It is a brief explanation of your heart’s desire. My Purpose: I write so that others may have hope.
Step 2: Focus your Mission
Your mission statement serves as a guide as you choose how you are going to pursue your purpose. My Mission: To inspire others to embrace the story God has inscribed on their hearts.
Step 3: Establish your Vision
A vision statement is how you intend to accomplish your mission. My Vision: By consistently sharing my own story and actively inviting others receive the hope that is in Christ alone.
Step 4: Find your Verse
Setting aside some time to find a Bible verse that serves as a compass for your Purpose, Mission and Vision is a valuable investment.
My Verse: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” -Ephesians 1:18-19
Step 5: Write your Manifesto
There is no right or wrong way to write a manifesto, the important thing is that you put pen to paper. Click Here to Read My Manifesto.
In this free downloadable workbook, I give practical advice on how to firmly establish your WHAT, WHY, and HOW along with 5 simple questions to help you discover your purpose and write your own manifesto.
Consider this workbook my free gift to you!
And if you feel like returning the favor, I always appreciate social media shares and shoutouts.
No, I more than appreciate them.
I adore them.
Almost as much as I adore Twizzlers, Red Hot Tamales, and my little red writing desk!
A few final thoughts…
It’s not always easy to sit down and put words to your hopes and dreams, but it is a worthwhile endeavor.
In all honesty, there have been moments when I’ve felt like returning my red desk to the Target store and sheepishly asking for a refund.
But I’m learning to enjoy the process, the brokenness, the uncertainty, and the hope of it all coming together someday to help other people make sense of the mess.
Experience has taught me that knowing and understanding my purpose will help me persevere when I feel like waving the white flag in defeat.
This exercise and free workbook helped me to define my purpose, goals, and vision for my career and narrow my focus on the things that truly matter.
I just know it will do the same for you!
Once you have taken the time to define your own personal WHY, WHAT, and HOW I would love it if you would share them with me in the comments of this post!
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