Women Over Fifty—Success in ‘08, Part I
In my last blog, I promised to give you some ideas to help you focus your energies, create a workable action plan, and make the necessary changes to achieve what you want in 2008. Let’s take full advantage of the New Year, wipe the slate clean, and take the steps to follow our dreams.
As with any journey, we need to start at the beginning. And, for us, that means beginning with the letter, “A.” In this case, “A” stands for the word, “attitude.” There is nothing that can be achieved unless you believe you can do it. On the other hand, with the right attitude, you can move mountains. As Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
Attitude underscores our every thought and action and this becomes even more apparent with age. Many of us know people younger than ourselves who seem old before their time. They may not display the outward signs of age but they exude a weariness of spirit that permeates their presence. As an old, Danish Proverb reminds us: “Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
So, let us examine our attitude. Middle age can serve up some pretty harsh life lessons. By this time in our lives, we’ve experienced our share of disappointments and, sometimes, significant losses that are extremely difficult to overcome. Nevertheless, for women especially, midlife can be a time of great personal and professional growth, energy, and joy.
Over the next several days, take some time to notice the messages that run through your head. It is up to you how you choose to focus your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. Are you spending your time ruminating over past injustices and wounds, or are you focusing on the future and the positive changes you wish to create for yourself? Thoughts lead to actions so it is important to center your attention wisely.
By guiding your thoughts and focusing your energies on meeting your goals and making your dreams come true, you are already well on your way to achieving them.