At a personal growth retreat last week, the two most asked questions were these: “How do I find fulfillment past fifty?” and, “How do I give my life greater meaning and purpose?”

In many respects these two questions are related because fulfillment comes from knowing and living your life purpose. Interestingly, the average age of the participants was mid-50s. The attendees were mostly women, who were trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their next ten thousand days. They talked about motherhood, raising their kids, achieving certain goals in their careers, marriage and relationships, and accumulating everything from jewelry to clothes and cars. But, that was then. Now, they want to do something meaningful with their lives. But what?

The discussion lasted nearly thirty minutes. Finally, the facilitator summed it all up with these words. “There’s a lot of conversation about changing the world and having a positive impact on people’s lives. But, the fact is you must first change yourself. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in others.’ In other words, live by example. Ask yourself this question: What are your talents and gifts? Then use your talents and gifts to sprinkle more happiness in the lives of people you touch. This is how you live a purposeful life and create a meaningful legacy.”

These are challenging times for Baby Boomers because they world seems so screwed up. Regrettably, much of the mess has happened on our generation’s watch. War, terrorism, poverty, drugs, joblessness, low wages, entitlements… the list goes on and one. Yet, on the other hand, we have made amazing advancements in science, technology and medicine. For those Baby Boomers who are getting ready to retire and looking for ways to make this a better world, there are so many opportunities. But, it starts with self-improvement. One way to do that is to assess your strengths and talents. There’s a good assessment tool that I can recommend by contacting me.

Once you know your strengths, talents and gifts you can have a greater impact on the world. Frankly, I think it’s the first step to finding fulfillment past fifty and giving your life greater meaning and purpose.