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Nov 5, 2012

Your Incredible Family Part II

Jeane and Megan Hendrix

   So, Incredible people…how was the experience of figuring out your personal strengths? Did you keep it fun (and most importantly, was there pizza involved?:) 

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   Did the outcome surprise you? This process is pretty personal and can be what we like to call “layer-y”…the more you think and talk through it, the more layers of strengths, opinions, weaknesses, etc. come to the surface. It can actually be pretty exhausting…

   BUT…all that hard work was totally vital and totally worth it to get you to the point we are working on today…taking those personal strengths to craft a Personal Purpose Statement.

   We don’t know about you but we are both very example-oriented learners. We watch YouTube tutorials and read how-to books like they are about to be banned (if the government banned Supers, who knows what’s next!) Creating our own Personal Purpose Statements was no exception. A really helpful part of the process was reading the purpose statements of other people, particularly people who are in the public eye enough to see how their purpose statements color and craft their daily lives. So, here are a couple of our favorite Personal Purpose Statement examples:

  • “To inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.” This is the Personal Purpose Statement of Jack Canfield, co-creator of the phenomenally best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.
  • “To humbly serve the Lord by being a loving, playful, powerful, and passionate example of the absolute joy that is available to all of us the moment we rejoice in God’s gifts and sincerely love and serve all of his creations.” If this Personal Purpose statement intimidates and inspires you at the same time, you are not alone:) This is one of the best ones we have ever seen and belongs to Anthony Robbins.

   It is helpful to remember that your purpose is not an activity you do but a result you wish to achieve. It includes what you want to be and do, all wrapped around your personal values. If you are searching for a template to begin, you could start with a simple statement filling in these blanks:

   " My purpose is to use my (list your 2 qualities/strengths) to (list 1 or 2 ways you interact best with others), to (identify what you want to accomplish.)"

   Once you’ve done the hard work of creating Personal Purpose Statements, you only have to amalgamate them into a Family Purpose Statement.

   We know that Christian homeschooling parents are well aware that they have a mission or purpose - sometimes painfully aware.... Like "waking up in the middle of the night with night sweats" aware! Unfortunately, many times the purpose or mission remains vague, unwritten and unquantifiable. This can produce anxiety and sleepless nights since we aren't sure if we are on track. However, collaborative, written purpose statements are tools that give your family written guidelines and measurable outcomes, enabling you to breathe easier and sleep better (this is highly recommended over pharmaceuticals! :)   

This Family Purpose Statement you craft with input from everyone will become what Stephen Covey refers to as your family constitution - the framework for governing, giving direction, and identifying priorities in your home.  This statement will say how your family wants to interact with 

each other as well as with others, and what the family wants to be known for and accomplish. When decisions need to be made, check the Family Purpose Statement. When your family becomes frenzied with activities, check the Family Purpose Statement.

   We would like to encourage you not to wait until you can devote weeks or months to pounding out the “perfect” statement. This is not a one-time activity and will need to be reviewed and 

changed periodically as your family grows and changes. The main idea is to keep the process simple in the beginning and dig deeper over time- but START! The activity itself will be an amazing springboard to knit your family closer together and unleash those superpowers!

God bless you as you lead your family to “Incredible” heights!

Jeane and Megan

Proverbs 29:18

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