Journal Activity #1: Draft Purpose Statement

Journal Activity #1: Draft Purpose Statement

JGR 100 Find Your Leadership Purpose

Journal Activity #1: Draft Purpose Statement

Due Week 2 and worth 50 points

Follow the directions on this worksheet to create a draft of your purpose statement. Once you have completed this activity, use the submission link to turn in your assignment.

“Please save your assignment (or journal) as FirstInitial_LastName_JGR100_ J1. Be sure to use this filename when submitting your assignment in Blackboard.”

To get started, read the Quick Guide to Crafting Your Purpose Statement which will help guide you through this activity. You can download this from the Journal 1 page in Blackboard.

Remember, this is just the first draft of your purpose statement. You will receive credit for thoughtfully completing this activity.


This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).​

The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details. (Note: You’ll be prompted to enter your Blackboard login credentials to view these standards.)

Drafting Your Purpose Statement

So far in this course, you’ve heard Coach and other experts explain how important understanding your purpose is. Now, this journal assignment will help you brainstorm your purpose and write a first draft of your Purpose Statement. A purpose statement defines who you are and what you bring to the world. It’s a statement of how you use your strengths, passions and values to impact the world around you. To get started, read the “Quick Guide to Crafting Your Purpose Statement” which will help guide you through this activity. Then follow the steps below to begin your first draft.

Step 1: Think about the questions below and briefly explain them in the space below

What do you do best? Through my life’s journal I’ve learned that my greatest strength is motivating others and resilience. In my life I have faced many challenges such as the passing of my grandmother and a month later losing my family home during Hurricane Katrina. Through my adversities I’ve learned to encourage myself to becoming greater then my challenges. This is how I’ve been able to inspire people that their struggles/obstacles or unfortunate circumstances does not define them. What do you value most? The most valuable aspect of my life is family because without them life in my opinion has no purpose. My family has given me the courage to concur my fears which is the number one reason why I currently attend college.When are you most effective at impacting people? I’m most effective a impacting people when people seek words of encouragement. Sometimes people just want to be reminded that that their life has a purpose. When are you most satisfied with your work? I’m most satisfied with motivating others when they do what’s necessary to change their circumstances. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to leave a legacy of people knowing how I encourage their lives and how I made them feel.

Step 2: Complete the table below. (Try to list 10 things per column.)

What I Care About What I’m good at Things I’d like to change
FamilyCompleting collegeAccomplishing set goals Treating other with respect Peace within my lifeHaving a relationship with GodIntegrity in peopleSelf-respectMotivating peopleOwning my own business Organizing Displaying acts of kindnessProblem solving Following directionsBeing reliable Resourceful Sociable Patient Being a team playerCreative The cost of college tuitionRacial injustice Culture within the workplaceMistreatment of the elderlyBeing over protectiveMy financial statusLeadership in the countryGlobal warming Procrastination Bullying/cyber bulliying

Step 3: Using the information above, write a draft of your purpose statement in the box below. (Remember to check the Quick Guide to Crafting Your Purpose Statement for a template and tips.)

Write your draft Purpose Statement below.

My purpose is to motivate and encourage other by letting them know that positive change is possible despite the challenges or obstacles that may arise.

No pressure! Remember this is only your first draft. It is not set in stone. As you learn more about yourself throughout this course, you will be able to update and refine this statement.

Note: This first draft will later evolve into your final purpose statement and will be used in your Personal Development Gameplan, which is due in Week 10.

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