Having Goals Is Great, But Having Purpose Is Better

by The Happy Rock on June 10, 2007

Consider two similar working mothers: one who wants to get out of debt because a few of her friends starting getting our of debt. The other woman decides to get out of debt, so that she can provide a more secure environment for her children by quitting her job to pursue a life goal of staying at home full time. If you had to bet on which one will succeed at becoming debt free, which one would it be?

Two Roads Paths SplitMaybe the example is too simplistic, but I hope the point is clear. Having goals is very helpful, but having purpose will change your life. The woman who feels called to be at home with her children will be motivated far beyond that of the first woman. If we can begin to define answers to the questions ‘who are we?’ and ‘what are we meant to do in life?’, our lives will begin to reorient themselves around these answers. Purpose fuels our passion, which in turn should lead to making measurable goals. The goal becomes important, not because it is a ‘good’ goal, but because it is a step towards achieving your deep fulfilling purpose in life. When the goal is the end in and of itself, there is nothing to motivate us. We are limited to the extent that our self discipline will keep us on track. I know for most that this isn’t a promising picture.

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for” -Victor Frankl(concetration camp survivor)

If you connect with these words, then there is no better time to start trying to find the deeper meaning in your lives. It may take us years, even a lifetime, but our lives will never again be the same.

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Marrisa August 29, 2007 at 8:45 am

Hi again! Good article!
Hannah Senesh said:

“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.”

Kind regards!


The Happy Rock August 29, 2007 at 10:07 pm


Thanks for the quote. Having meaning and purpose are huge components of happiness and success.


Angel Fire October 5, 2007 at 4:44 am

Great post on goals with purpose. you have gave an example of to women who wants to get out of their debts. I think so the second women will be succeeded to get out of debt because she is doing that with a purpose. Thank you for posting such kind of posts. Have a nice day.


Glory September 9, 2008 at 4:33 am

Your article on having purpose impressed me so much. Keep up good job!!! We all find inspiration in your posts!!!


Samantha September 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Great post! Have purpose and know where you’re going with every task, problem or situation that may come up in your life- Know where you’re going and you’re more likely to get there.


David @ PYF February 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Nice post. I recently started putting more of a “why” emphasis on my goals, and it seems to help. It makes my goals seem more real, because there’s more of a consequence to not following through.


Sourav May 8, 2009 at 2:11 am

Just having goals is not enough.You have to try for it.



ChristianPF July 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

I could not agree more – goals do help, but having an underlying purpose to live and to what and why we want to accomplish something is much more valuable!


Ryan January 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I think this is a great post that touches on something a lot of people miss. Without a deep understanding of “why” there really isn’t a solid base for anything.


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