Reinvent Yourself At Any Age

Have you ever fervently wished your life was different, but then told yourself all of the reasons you could never change it?  Maybe you thought you were too old, not talented enough, or you weren't even sure where to begin.  If this sounds like you, read on to get some real-world suggestions that will start you on the path to a new you:

  • Think Long-Term.  All too often, people tell themselves they're “too old” to make changes.  However, consider the fact that today, it's not uncommon for people to live well into their 80s and 90s.  Rather than allowing your age to prevent you from making changes, start imagining how much better the next 30, 40, or 50+ years of your life could look if you begin today.

  • Envision Your Dream Life.  If you're not certain where to begin, we suggest you start by envisioning what your dream life looks like...what hobbies do you engage in?  What condition is your body in?  How do you earn a living?  What do you do when you first wake up?  Imagine what your dream life would look like and write down your ideal day on paper.

  • Take Steps.  Once you've identified what your dream life would look like, write down what steps you would need to take to have it.  For instance, would you need to go back to school?  Hit the gym more often?  Determine what action steps you could take to help you achieve your goals and then, make plans to tackle them.

  • Be Willing to Take Risks.  Sometimes we become paralyzed by fear, imagining all of the things that could go wrong if we start down a new path.  However, evidence suggests that risk-taking is far more likely to yield positive results.  Rather than allowing fear to hold you back, instead remind yourself often of the benefits you'll derive from reinventing yourself.