For some of us we hit a certain birthday and it marks a mental turning point. Some of that is based on our own perception of age and some of it is based on what we may have accepted as society’s stereotypes of a certain age. We all age differently and our attitude about aging is just as important as our habits.
A big fallacy is that you’re as old as the number of years that you’ve lived. Doctors know this isn’t true and you probably know people in their sixty and seventies that have bodies and minds of forty-year-olds; some forty-year -olds are so stressed out that they might as well be eighty.
Answer these statements to determine how “old” you are:
Based on my birth certificate, I am ___years old.
Based on my vitality, I feel ___years old.
Based on how I see myself, I feel ___years old.
Now, based on your responses what do you need to do?
I now have a new word to define what I’ve basically been doing for a really long time. In fact, before I had a lap top, I often made use of cocktail napkins to capture my book ideas. “Workshifting “is a term defined by the most recent iPass Mobile Workforce Report as “the ability to work when and where we want to.” Not all professions are as conducive to workshifitng but if you are like working from anywhere and are comfortable with technology, it’s a great option for you and your employer. Take a look at this report to learn more. http://mobile-workforce-project.ipass.com/reports/q3-report-2011. If you are a workshifter what kind of job do you have and what are the pros and cons?
As more and more Baby Boomers hit 50, there’s a heightened buzz about “reinventing” oneself. Actually, I believe we are always in a state of reinvention, often without knowing it. Reinvention is just another word for “change” and that is on-going, regardless if we are aware of it or not. What’s exciting is that when we are conscious we have choices that we can make about who we want to be and what we want to be doing in now as well as in the future.
Here are a few tips that will help you “reinvent” yourself:
- Create a future vision for yourself. Don’t limit your thoughts. Allow yourself to dream.
- Write it down. It’s amazing how taking action can propel us forward. Be descriptive and concrete. Describe how the future will look and feel.
- Use imagery. Post pictures of what you want in your future where you can see them. I’ve actually written on my bathroom mirror as a way to remind myself every day.
- Break it down. What do you need to move forward? Start now.
- See yourself there and allow yourself a few moments in the morning and evening to reflect on your future life.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done or that you are over 50. Remind yourself change occurs because we have the power of choice and the next step is being courageous to follow your heart.
It’s all about a “dream come true” … not just by accident, but by action. When did you start over, reinvent yourself? Why? And how did you accomplish it? Most importantly, what inspired you to take that leap of faith; to trust your intuition and know that this was the path you were meant to follow? Enter the Dream Contest on Kenny Rodgers Blue Sky Riders Band’s site.
Life Path Partners offers coaching and training on generational issues. Contact us for more details.
The Buddha Wisdom Quotes
Don’t throw the Baby out with the Bath Water: Plug the Brain Drain by Using Baby Boomers as Contingent Workforce
- 10,000 baby boomers will retire every day for the next 19 years
- As Baby Boomer approache retirement, there are 30 million fewer workers in Generation X to replace them
- By 2015, one in five workers will be 55 or older, resulting in a critical shortage of qualified workers unless companies can figure out how to best utilize this valuable segment of the workforce
- one-third of the 16.5% of workers age 50 and older eventually go into business for themselves
- 60-90% of retirees will go back to work in some capacity.
- They enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.
- They are comfortable with the Boomer/Gen Y relationship - most boomers have millennial-aged children
- They share many of the same values as Gen Y such as: being optimists and having a deep concern for social causes and making a difference in the world.
- STRESS: WHAT’S THE REMEDY?
- You're only as old as you feel...
- What time is it? Where are you working?
- You Don’t Have to be What You’ve Always Been….
- Employers Save by Hiring Older Workers
- Don’t throw the Baby out with the Bath Water: Plug the Brain Drain by Using Baby Boomers as Contingent Workforce
- How can Baby Boomers benefit your business?