Once you have decluttered your mind, you can dare yourself to think bigger, wiser and more courageously than before.
This isn’t a time to settle for normal, it’s time to make a plan, develop a spirit of adventure and curiousity to change career, or get the promotion you are longing for.
As you encourage yourself to go for your dreams, a word of caution: it is wise to be just a little realistic, acknowledging that your dreams will only come to fruition as you work towards making them so. Wishful thinking won’t achieve anything beyond regrets. It will be your mindset that helps you to create the change that allows you to go beyond yourself and live out the challenges to become the person and lead the career you want.
Be a risk taker – that is so much better than to find yourself cubbyhole into boredom or inactivity.
The chasm between your dreams and making them into a reality may seem vast, but perseverance, patience and a backbone form part of the reward on your way to success. Start at the beginning by holding your dream job sharply in focus, then follow through with action. You can be sure that if you don’t take a step of action, the only outcome can be disappointment. Without a breath of action your dream can never succeed but will remain as illusory as the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
So take that first step, if not today or this week, at least set a time of your own choosing. Each new day, allow yourself to imagine rolling up your sleeves, then pulling on your socks, pushing back the boundaries of the things you thought possible, and discover fresh horizons.
Life is too short to live it small. If you hit a brick wall of discouragement, take note that the brick wall is there as an opportunity for you to pick yourself up, reappraise the situation, put your determination shoes on and get moving. It is your mindset alone that can shape your present and your future; it is your responsibility to choose how to follow your dream,
How to be a Super Ager (£12.99) is published by Panoma Press and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.
About Angela Lucas:
In her 50’s, redundancy encouraged a change in career from nursing, to work in Saudi Arabia as a medical secretary and later as a TEFL teacher in Egypt. Retirement led to further study and her 82nd birthday led her to hike the final 100km of the ancient Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.
Studies behind her and drawing on her own experiences, Angela has just completed her first book, a motivational read to encourage living life full of purpose for those approaching 60, for the 70s and beyond. Angela is author of How to be a SuperAger.