This Month's E-zine
The Economic crash – A perfect
time for reflection and action!
Protect your investments!!
This is the headline from this month’s Money magazine.
In fact the whole magazine is focused on how to keep your retirement
intact for future years. For me this is like saying, prepare
for your death!!! The opposite action is mandatory now, especially
for those in their middle years. This is the time to invest
in yourself and your work.
External views are not useful now
It is critical to reject the external perspective on how you
should live your life with regards to your work. The only view
now which is useful is the one you have about yourself and what
you really want to do now. Just changing your perspective can
give you new direction and energy for a more fulfilling life.
It is easy to just take any job to survive and quickly become
bored and burned out at work. Better to decide to look inside
yourself and what is most important now. Start to examine what
bothers you most with regards to your work and life and what
you might do about it. As you became clear about what was most
important, you will gain a new perspective.
The worst won’t happen
I doubt taking time now to reflect will make you homeless or
die. I should point out that a worthwhile exercise is to in
fact envision your death. Only then can a person really start
to live with passion each and every day. Last year I was nearly
diagnosed with Cancer during a period of my life when I was
very ill. I imagined the worst and during this time I also become
at peace with my life and my work.
Others and their opinions don’t matter
So many of us are influenced by others and their views of us.
We seek out external opinions first to see if our new choices
make sense to others and only then do we venture forward. The
sad thing is that it usually takes only a few external perspectives
from those not even close to us to shut down our dreams as silly,
not achievable, or not worthwhile. Then we go back with our
head down to the same old job, hoping for someone to rescue
us from job prison. Instead, armed with a new self-awareness
and new dreams, we can venture forward with a new view of ourselves
despite what others might think.
Practice your passions
If you want to teach, print a business card that says, “Teacher.”
Carry it around, and start to teach others what you know best,
and what you are passionate about. Soon you will reshape a new
vision and perspective of your life and your work.
Your life will never be the same! Sometimes it takes rocking
the boat and changing your life completely to answer the call
for a more authentic life. When you start to believe that something
is indeed possible for you in your vocational life, and you
have the courage to follow your heart, magical things can happen.
This takes courage and you must take a risk. There is a difference
between just deciding to change your life and taking the action
required to make the change. It takes a complete shift in thought,
and in many cases, it involves over-turning the apple cart of
your life. This is radical change, and not one most people are
accustomed to. This is, however, just the right recipe for those
over forty whose lives have become both predictable and secure.
Mid-life is a milestone for action
After the forty milestone, we need to put aside our egos. The
ego is useful before age forty, but after forty, we need to
replace ego with cause and integrity.
Life has a way of moving much faster in mid-life. This is not
the time for pondering or worrying or over-analyzing. This is
the time for action. Not just mindless action, but action that
will lead to more joy, more happiness, and more meaning in your
This approach isn’t just for the most secure or the most
fortunate; it is for everyone wishing to create a better life.
Wonderful things can happen when your life is centered around
your true vocation. Your work can determine who you are and
who you become. Just think back to work you did in the past
and how quickly it became the norm for you — you felt
like this job was your life. This is how quickly our work can
Pay attention to yourself
If you don’t pay attention to your growing angst, your
life can pass too quickly, and suddenly you find yourself talking
about your past and what might have been. Thinking deeply now
about new possibilities instead will fill your mind with new
creativity, new energy, and the expectation of a fuller life
centered around your work and passions. This great opportunity
awaits everyone after forty. The ticket is yours to use or discard
along the road to someday. Your new possibilities await you
now. All you have to do is take action.
As always I am cheering you on as you go- Craig Nathanson
Craig Nathanson is the author of How
to find the RIGHT work during challenging times: A new approach
to your life and work after 40 and P
Is For Perfect: Your Perfect Vocational Day
and a coaching expert who works with people over forty. Craig’s
new E-book, Discover and live your passion 365 days
a year is a workshop in a box designed to help
busy adults go insane with their work. Craig’s systematic
approach, the trademark "Ten P" process,’’
helps people break free and move toward the work they love.
Visit Craig’s online community at www.thevocationalcoach.com
where you can take a class, get more ideas through Craig Nathanson’s
books and CD’s, get some private coaching over the phone
or read other stories of mid-life change and renewal.
Craig lives in Petaluma , California. His office is located
at P.O Box 2823 Petaluma, Ca 94953.
You can reach him at 707-775-4020 or at email@example.com.
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