Pursuing Purpose – Defining Purpose as Why We Do Something

In my last post, I introduced and defined “pursuing purpose,” the third section of my series, Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.


The online dictionary actually included three related definitions for “purpose” as well as three for “pursue.”  So for the next several posts, I’ll address each definition for those two words. Yes, as a writer and doctoral candidate, I tend to go in-depth on things like definitions and related nuances of words. I think it’s important to do this to help us fully understand what the overall concept means.


So for this post, we will explore:


**Purpose: the reason why something is done or used;

the aim or intention of something.**

I think our purpose, reason, or intention for doing something is definitely connected to following our heart’s desire or passion, as well as to our destiny. When we do things unrelated to our true purpose in life, that’s when boredom and other negative feelings set in.

That’s not to say we don’t get frustrated sometimes even in doing things related to our purpose in life–but most of the time, if we are really tuned in, we feel satisfied or rewarded upon completion of some task that takes us one step closer to fulfilling our purpose in life.

It’s about the same as putting in the effort to accomplish anything, whether it’s decluttering and spring cleaning, or working out and exercising–it might not always be much fun or very enjoyable at the time, but AFTERWARD…we feel so good about our accomplishments.

This kind of reminds me of a verse that says (Hebrews 12:11, paraphrased) discipline is not very pleasant at the time we go through it, and can even be painful; but afterward, it yields peace and a sense of moral justification.  I like this quote, too:

“An amazing thing happens

when you get honest with yourself

and start doing what you love,

what makes you happy.

Your life literally slows down.

You stop wishing for the weekend.

You stop merely looking forward to special events.

You begin to live in each moment

and you start feeling like a human being.

You just ride the wave that is life,

with this feeling of contentment and joy.

You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful.

A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born.”

~~Jes Allen


After reading these definitions and quotes, the things that immediately come to mind for me as my reasons for doing things, and things I’m passionate about, are my family, writing, lifelong learning, sewing and creating, and striving to encourage others.


So what do YOU think?

Do you agree with this definition of purpose? Can you relate?

Do you have passions in your life that you can identify as related to your purpose in life?

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