Difference Between Purpose and Plans

There is some controversy over the definition of what it means to have a purpose, and to what it means to have definite plans.


Most people that have a purpose in life may have found it through their job, relationship, or a hobby that they are passionate about. On the other hand, plans are simply ideas that you have, possibilities in regard to what you want to do, and what you may be capable of achieving.

The Difference Between Purpose And Plans

When a person has a purpose in their life, it is something that motivates them to move forward. People that do not have a definite purpose may not have a reason to even get up out of bed. By definition, purpose is the reason that something is done, or that something is created.

It is the motivation behind everything that we do, the justification for the hobbies that we have, and the people that we know. Without purpose, it’s difficult to function. Therefore, we must all find our purpose, to some degree, in order to have a good life.

What Are Plans?




Plans represent the potentiality of something that might occur. They are simply an outline of what is to come, or what you hope will manifest in your life. If the plans are definite, and you pursue them as laid out, you could actually achieve the goals that you have in mind. Therefore, even though planning does not represent the desires or emotions that are typically associated with having a purpose, they are at least a beginning, a guideline for finding our purpose.


“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” –Brian Tracy

 ”Any idea, plan or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” –Napoleon Hill

The combination of planning and purpose can be summarized in the following way.

When you make plans that you actually want to achieve, once you reach the stated goals, they may actually be part of your overall purpose.

And once you have purpose in your life, planning can be used to enhance your purpose, giving you a specific guideline for improving your life everyday.

Hopefully, my interpretation of the difference between purpose and plans will help you utilize both of these strategies to improve the quality of your life.

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  • Thanks for commenting Merle.  Have an awesome weekend.

  • Never thought of it like that Angela, thanks for defining the difference.  I definitely have a purpose in life !  

  • Thank you Terri.  Have an awesome day!

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    Your definition of purpose and plans is right on lady. Happy to share your post Angela. Have a great day and weekend.

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