Women Over Fifty—Success In ‘08, Part V
In the past several posts we’ve discussed how attitude forms the underlying basis for everything we do, the importance of establishing personal boundaries to make best use of time and resources, the need to set goals with the end in mind, and how to create objectives that are specific, realistic, and time targeted. The next step is an important one that is often overlooked.
In order to achieve your desired outcome, it’s necessary to move out of your comfort zone. It is impossible to grow and change without stepping away from the protective, but limiting, life you created for yourself in your younger years. Now, more than ever before, you need to take risks.
When a woman reaches her fifties, as most of us boomers have, she has likely developed a number of habits (some good and some not so good), routines, and default methods of acting and reacting. If these don’t shift, she’ll remain stuck in her same old patterns.
Not only is this lack of growth unproductive, it can also get pretty boring. We have all “been there and done that” a lot by this age and, if we don’t stretch and grow, life can start feeling mundane and dull.
A far better outlook and way of being would be to acknowledge the confident and accomplished woman you’ve become and choose to use these inner resources to provide the momentum for growth and change. Trying something new, accepting challenges, and taking risks can invigorate you and bring a sense of anticipation and excitement back into your days.
So, as you start this New Year, vow to take on at least one risk each week. These can be as simple as eating out at a restaurant alone, taking a class you find challenging, or openly stating your opinion even if it is in opposition to friends and family. If you’re unused to taking risks, it’s better to start small. Even then, you will build your character and self-assurance with every chance you take. And, you may surprise yourself by how easily your confidence grows and success comes your way.
Stepping out of the box can be frightening but it can also bring you tremendous energy, enhanced self-esteem, and a renewed joy in living. So, have the heart and find the courage to take risks, stretch yourself, and move forward to follow your dreams. There never will be a better time than January 2008 to do just that.