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Using your Strengths & Interests to Live a Purpose-Driven Life

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

No matter what stage in life you find yourself, going back to the roots of your purpose, your reason for existence in this world, and anchoring yourself on your strengths and interests will help you to find new energy and passion as you carve out a brand-new opportunity to pursue a new set of ambitions and goals in your life.

This is especially true for individuals who have retired from one professional path and are now looking to fulfil their lifelong passion, their lifelong interest, and now have the time, energy, and space to reflect on their strengths and interests in their lives and chart out new opportunities post retirement to find new jobs/careers/passions, post retirement.

Living out your best life requires more than hard work and determination Even after retirement, living out your best life requires more than just hard work and determination. It also requires a deep understanding of yourself, your strengths, and your interests. By using these qualities to guide your decisions and actions, you can create a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and enjoyable. In this blog, we'll explore how you can use your life's strengths and interests to live out your best life.

To best identify how to turn your life around after retirement/ how to find a purposeful life path after retirement, you need to create a purpose-driven story about your life’s strengths and interests so far and use that a foundation stone to qualify and go after new opportunities as you fulfil a lifelong passion.

Core ingredients of a Purpose-Driven Life The core ingredients of your purpose-driven story, your purpose-driven life, are built on 5 key pillars. We will outline the 5 key pillars to get you started in terms of crafting and reflecting on your purpose-driven story so that you can pursue a new passion, a new life path and make a difference in this world.

Here are the 5 pillars in detail: -

1. Identify your strengths

Your strengths are the things you're naturally good at. They're the skills and abilities that come easily to you and make you feel energized and fulfilled. To identify your strengths, start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing and what comes naturally to you. You can also ask friends, family, or colleagues for their input. Once you've identified your strengths, think about how you can use them in your daily life, whether it's in your career, hobbies, or relationships. Additionally, when you reflect on your strengths, think about your top 3 strengths that you count on, day-in day-out, as these 3 core strengths can help you pursue your new passions in life and help you change your life for the better.

2. Discover your interests

Your interests are the things you're passionate about. They're the activities, topics, or causes that you find engaging and meaningful. To discover your interests, try new things, explore different hobbies or activities, and ask yourself what excites you. Once you've identified your interests, think about how you can incorporate them into your daily life, whether it's through a career change, volunteering, or pursuing a new hobby.

Think about your top 3 interests and why they matter to you. If you were able to pursue all 3 interests, would your life be more meaningful? Would it help you fulfil a lifelong passion? Will these interests result in a fun, meaningful lifepath after retirement? These important questions will help you to focus in on your top 3 interests so that you can make sound, good decisions and fulfil lifelong dreams.

3. Align your strengths and interests

Once you've identified your strengths and interests, the next step is to align them. Ask yourself how you can use your strengths to pursue your interests. For example, if you're interested in music and your strength is creativity, you could start writing and recording your own songs. If you're interested in social justice and your strength is communication, you could start a blog or social media account to raise awareness about important issues.

Map out your top 3 strengths and interests and align them and see if they match with your lifelong passions, dreams, and hopes. You want strong alignment between your interests and your strengths as they will sustain you in pursuing your lifelong dreams and passions. If there is misalignment, go back to steps 1 and 2 and see if you can better align them with step 3 to arrive at a place to turn your life around and pursue the passions/dreams/lifelong goals with courage, conviction, and momentum.

4. Create a plan

Once you've aligned your strengths and interests, create a plan to achieve your goals. Identify the steps you need to take to turn your interests into reality and use your strengths to help you achieve those steps. Set realistic goals and timelines and track your progress along the way. Remember, achieving your best life requires hard work, dedication, and persistence, even after retirement.

A simple plan includes goals, timelines, and action steps to achieve the goals. You can always add more detail to the 3 core components of a good action plan but having goals, timelines, and action steps will enable you to translate thought into action and give you a sense of fulfilment as you turn your life around and pursue your lifelong dreams and passions.

5. Take action

The final step is to take action. Use your plan to guide your decisions and actions, and don't be afraid to take risks or make mistakes. Remember that failure is part of the journey, and it's how you learn and grow. Keep your strengths and interests in mind as you navigate through life and use them to guide your decisions and actions.

Taking action, failing, getting up, succeeding, progressing and finding fulfilment is a core part of life’s journey and this phase of your life’s journey is no different. So, take action, align strengths and interests, map out the ideal lifelong passion, create a plan and act on it. You will find a deep sense of fulfilment and purpose and start living a purpose-driven life, where you can not only find self-fulfilment but make a significant contribution to society.

A life coach who specialises in helping you craft and communicate a purpose-driven story that aligns your strengths and interests and helps you to map out new opportunities post retirement and facilitates an action plan to turn thoughts into reality, can give you a significant boost in finding new purpose and meaning post retirement. George Eapen, at Next Dimension Story, is the ideal life coach, who will patiently listen and work with you to map out your new direction in life.

George has helped many individuals to craft, communicate, and live out their purpose-driven lives from all walks of life. George’s unique 3 step storytelling approach will help you to carefully map out your strengths and interests and help you to find new meaning and energy post retirement. You will enjoy a safe, comfortable environment with George, where you can openly discuss your strengths and interests, map them out for alignment against your lifelong passions and then craft a plan of action to get you going. Take the initiative and book a 1 to 1 session with George and add energy, momentum, and conviction to turn your life around by finding a lifelong passion and going after it to find fulfilment and satisfaction in your life.

In conclusion, using your life's strengths and interests to live out your best life requires self-awareness, planning, and action. Identify your strengths and interests, align them, create a plan, and take action. By doing so, you can create a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and enjoyable.


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