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.