Redesigning your life after 40… or 50… or 60… or even 65.

Many people once they hit "the big 50", or when others ask them about their retirement plans, start to wonder what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. Sadly it is an age when you are more frequently touched by the chronic illness or death of friends, colleagues or people you have known in the past. "Life is too short!" becomes more a recognition of fact than a loosely used phrase. A common reaction is to consider what your own future holds. Do you want to retire?Or is it far too early for that? Are you too old to have your own business?

We can't turn the clock back, but the solution is to redesign your life. Build into your life the things that really matter to you, create the job of your dreams, pursue the business idea you have had for years, do what really matters to you. Make it happen the way you want it to and start really loving your life and your work.


How do you redesign your life?

Redesigning your life, or planning for an active retirement, is rather like making any career decision except at this time of your life you really know yourself well, you have a clear picture of the constraints, and you are realistic about your expectations!

If you want to make the most of the next chapter of your life, there is a clear process that you need to work through. If you have a life partner, it is important that they also be part of this process although you may prefer to initially have separate sessions to clarify your own personal needs, wants and dreams, then come together to discuss the way that both persons' desires can be achieved.


It is possible. I'm doing it!

At the start of 2008 I gave up permanent employment to pursue my dreams of having a successful career development practice. I have never felt more content, nor less stressed in my working life. I am doing what I want to do, following my dreams, and responsible to myself. There is no higher motivation to succeed.

Life's too short not to make the most of every year. If you are not content with your life make the stand now. Redesign your life and make decisions that will lead to the achievement of career results you desire, fulfillment of business dreams, part-time work, study, or whatever it is that will give you a full and satisfying future.

Whether you want to change careers, get a promotion or start a new business, embracing the entrepreneurial mindset is very important. Adapting an entrepreneurial mindset can provide you with numerous advantages in achieving the career results you’ve always wanted to happen.
The truth is every aspiring executive is an entrepreneur, promoting themselves to their chosen clients. When applying for a job, we market ourselves to prospective employers. At work, we market our services to customers.  Having the entrepreneurial spirit is not limited to those who want to create a business. Thinking like an entrepreneur will truly help you succeed in your professional life.

  1. Entrepreneurs take risks. One thing that sets successful entrepreneurs aside from average executives is their willingness to take risks. I don’t advise taking uncalculated risks. Wise entrepreneurs know when to give it their best shot because they understand that bigger rewards await those who take wise risks. At work, try to come out of your comfort zone. Take on challenging tasks. Aside from gaining new skills, your boss will also notice your hard work and may offer you a promotion in the future.
  2. Entrepreneurs know how to nurture relationships. They understand that a relationship built on trust and respect is a vital part of a successful business. At work, treat your bosses as an important customer. Remember that you are marketing your services to them. It is also important to nurture your relationship with colleagues and everyone in the workplace.
  3. Entrepreneurs are passionate about their business. Passion is essential to achieve great career results no matter what roadblocks you may be facing. Perform your responsibilities with excellence as your priority. Be passionate about achieving a successful career. Instead of spending most of your time dreaming about the kind of career fulfilment you want for yourself, be proactive and start working towards that dream.
  4. Entrepreneurs know that they are in control of their destiny. Strongly believing that you are in control over your success or failure will help you achieve the career results you desire while being careful about making major blunders.
  5. Entrepreneurs work hard. Successful entrepreneurs need not be told about what needs to be done. They are proactive and constantly care about one thing – achieving their goals. They know that success is achieved through hard work and perseverance.

When you start to adapt the traits of successful entrepreneurs, you can achieve whatever career aspirations you have knowing that you are in control of your success. Achieving great career results is within reach. Think like an entrepreneur. Choose to be successful!

Career success is not something that is given on a golden platter. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and determination to achieve success in any aspect of our life. There will always be roadblocks along the way to a successful career.  
Employees aspiring to achieve better career results not only need to evaluate skills and attitudes that will make them successful in their chosen path, but they also need to consider the roadblocks they may face in achieving success.
Consider the following stumbling blocks to achieving a successful career:

  1. Fear of failure. Mistakes will always be part of our daily lives. Falling short and facing disappointments are common throughout life. Even the most successful people in the world had to deal with disappointments at one point in their life before they achieved success. To become great, you have to face failure. Learn from your failures and view them as opportunities to do better. Failures should not be viewed as barriers to success but should be considered stepping stones to achieving it.
  2. Procrastination. Delaying a day’s work will also delay your success potential. Laziness is a common culprit that stops people from succeeding. Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Don’t wait for the perfect time. It doesn’t exist.
  3. Unrealistic goals. While goals are important to achieve a successful career, unrealistic ones will result in frustration and discouragement. Set goals that are realistic and achievable within a set time-frame.
  4. Fatigue. No matter how determined a person is to achieve his desired career results, if he is constantly burnt out, he will eventually lose the motivation to work hard despite difficulties. Strive to achieve a good work and life balance. Work hard but don’t overdo it. Take some time to rest and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Enjoy short vacations once in a while. If your work fatigue persists, seek professional help.
  5. Having a hard time dealing with your boss. Having a difficult boss is common in many workplaces. A volatile relationship with your boss can result in ineffectiveness and job burnout. Be considerate and show respect for the boss’s role, even if you find it difficult to respect the person.  Don’t let the boss’s poor behaviour impact on your own high standards and expectations of yourself.  The organisation has performance expectations of you in your role, so always try to meet and surpass those expectations, despite the attitude of the person to whom you report. By doing this, you will earn the trust and respect of others around you, and can easily prove that you have done the right thing by the company if things get really nasty with the boss!  You should also practice careful communication in a situation like this, especially when airing issues with your boss, and consider it as great training in interpersonal negotiation.

Your career development is totally dependent on you so it is important that you work through any roadblocks you may have. Believe that you will succeed and achieve the career results you want. Nothing should stop you from achieving a successful career.

Motivating employees is not an easy task. Getting people to do what you need them to do can be challenging. Having your subordinates commit to a task is hard especially if they aren't motivated to genuinely believe in your company's goals or fully understand the reason to give more than a hundred percent effort to a task. Employee engagement is something that every company should endeavour to achieve to increase productivity as well as employee retention.

People respond to different motivations based on their own personal core values. An effective strategy to motivate one employee may not be as effective to another one. While some managers rely on the most common motivating strategies to increase employee productivity like reward systems or punishments, it is important to note that these are short term solutions to increase employee engagement and productivity. The reward and punishment approach is only effective in fostering obedience among employees. Rewarding them if they perform well or threatening to punish them if they fail to keep up with the company's standards are manipulative approaches which may affect professional relationships.

But there are leaders who know how to bring out the best in every employee in a more effective way. Below are some of the best practices that every manager can implement to motivate employees and increase work productivity.

  1. Allow employees to reflect on their career dreams, the future they want professionally within the company, their individual core values and personal hopes. Allowing them to reflect on their career is aimed towards helping them realise the importance of pursuing productivity while at the same time understanding themselves better. The Core Values Index assessment or CVI is a great tool to help individuals understand their individual core values – their personal value systems which influence their decisions and judgments, which cause their behaviours. CVI has been extensively evaluated and is accurate and unbiased. This assessment has been proven to increase employee productivity and retention as well as reduce costs. To see if your company can benefit from the Core Values Index Assessment, contact Clarity Career Management.
  2. Communication is the key. One way to motivate employees is to make them feel that they are part of the decision process and not just workers who have to do every instruction given to them. An effective manager needs to be able to involve workers in every decision-making process and should communicate effectively any information which may impact their work. Consistently conduct meetings with the employees. This will increase their trust in you as their manager and to the company. Open communication will also help you assess your workers' needs and aid you in performance review. Doing this will improve employee engagement.
  3. Promote positivity within the workplace. Use the power of positive communication to inspire them to do better at work. Positive communication promotes respect and responsibility and develops better professional relationships which are more effective than the usual reward and punishment approach.

Utilising these approaches will not just improve worker productivity, but will also help you become a better manager. These empowering techniques will surely help employees achieve soaring performance levels, and will bring positive results to your organisation. Contact Clarity Career Management to see how your company can take advantage with our career development programs.

At the end of the last century, career development was basically understood as undertaking additional training to achieve career success. Most workers in the past believed that having excellent skills, especially when backed up by years of experience, was the only way for them to achieve the career results they wanted.

While having outstanding skills and experience will always be important, in today’s very busy working world time management is also vital in career development. Technology has created a bridge between work and free time which, whilst wonderful in some ways, has meant that many people work longer hours now than ever and are expected to do some work related activity outside of working hours. That is why it is important to have time management skills.

At some point in most people’s careers there are times when they are overwhelmed with work and end up stressed. To cope, we have to find ways to manage our time more effectively so that we can excel at work while enjoying quality time with our family and friends. We need to acquire time management skills. Below are more reasons why you should manage time wisely:

  1. Workers who can manage their time wisely are more efficient at work. Cramming will only result in low quality of work. When you are able to manage your time wisely you will achieve better career results.
  2. Time is short. Unlike other types of resources, you cannot save time for later use. Time gone is time lost. You will never be able to make up for lost time so you need to make the most of the time you have for work.
  3. Successful time management will give you more time to spend doing stuff you’ve always wanted to do. Efficient management of time will allow you to work more effectively as well as have quality time for yourself.
  4. Efficient time management helps people avoid work stress and serious ailments later on in life. Work-related stress may result in serious physical and emotional illnesses. Proper time management results in workers having higher energy level in performing daily tasks.

Does your life feel totally out of control? If so, it’s time to do something about it and reclaim your life. Career success is within your reach if you know how to balance life and work and your priorities are clear to you. Achieve great career results with proper time management.