Your Life Purpose

Dear Jane,

How can I figure out what my life purpose is?

First of all, you may have more than one life purpose. What may feel important at one stage in life may get bumped down by another priority during a different stage of life. For instance, when you were in your teens, your education, which college you would go to, what you were going to be when you “grew up,” may have been your priorities. When you’re in your twenties and thirties, your focus may be on job advancement, achievement, status, marriage, and family. In your forties and fifties, it may change yet again to self-fulfillment and health. As your priorities change, so may your life purpose.

When I help people explore their life purpose(s), I ask questions that are helpful in letting their spirit speak up, such as:

1. What do you enjoy doing?

2. What gives your life meaning currently?

3. What gave you meaning or fulfillment in the past?

4. If you could be anyone else, who would you be? What would you be doing?

5. Whom do you admire?

These questions should help stimulate you and help lead you to who you are becoming.


Relationship expert, author, radio host, and media guest, Jane Straus gives individuals, couples, and organizations the tools to thrive and experience the extraordinary in life. Visit her media page to view her clips from shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC; peruse her articles in USA Today,, Woman's World Magazine, and other print publications; and read her newsletters and excerpts from her popular self-help book, Enough Is Enough! Stop Enduring and Start Living Your Extraordinary Life. She is...

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