Have you ever asked yourself, "Is this all this is?"
My guest blogger today, Gayle Carson, noticed that people hit their 50s and often start asking themselves that question. So, she began working with boomers on reinventing themselves from the inside out, in both their personal and business lives to help them feel more satisfied. She now has two different radio shows--"Women in Business" and "Living Regret Free." Her website is www.spunkyoldbroad.com.
If you find yourself asking "Is this all their is?" then Gayle has some advice that should help.
After five decades of business success, I was hit with a 10-year span of unbelievable challenges. I had built a business from nothing to seven offices and 350 people. I sold that and embarked on a magical speaking and consulting career with 1,000 clients in 50 industries. I worked in 50 countries and 49 states. Then I co-founded an internet information marketing association and now, I am working with boomer women and beyond on the joy of living.
During this time, I raised three children, helped my husband develop a real estate business and volunteered and led many professional and community organizations.
I had a wonderful life. And then—-everything changed.
In a 10-year period, I lost a son, a husband, had my third case of breast cancer, custody of a grandchild, and my 16th surgery. To make it even worse, almost to the day my husband died, the real estate market collapsed.
Yet, people kept remarking that I always seemed happy and had a smile on my face. They questioned why I wasn’t depressed or feeling sorry for myself.
To me, it was simple. You have choices in life, and mine was to be happy.
But that's when I began to notice that women in the 50 to 65 age range were expressing emotions of being invisible and feeling incomparable stress from being responsible for elder care and having older children come back home to live.
I kept hearing thee phrase “Is that all there is?” over and over again and this was from homemakers, business women and society people. As I listened more and more, I realized this was a very common problem.
No one seemed to know how to deal with it.
It became my mission to work with this population to show them how to live a regret free life. I developed what I call “The 9 Secrets to Living Regret Free” and started speaking and writing about them wherever I could.
Here's a glimpse at my nine secrets:
#1 Attitude and Spirit
We know that your mindset has to be right for you to live a life without regret.
#2 Fit and Fabulous
We are aware that the benefits to being healthy and a lifestyle of wellness pays off with big dividends.
Most people don’t think they’re unique. But I know you are. I know it sounds scary, but writing your own obituary will enlighten you.
#4 Energizing Your Life
I believe everyone should wake up with a smile on their face and go to sleep in peace. Discovering what you love to do will make all the difference in how you live your life.
#5 Power Relationships
I know you’re aware that everyone is supposed to be just six degrees away from Kevin Bacon. Well even if you don’t have a high level job or are the King or Queen of Society, you can have power relationships.
#6 Personal Growth
Keeping your mind active and alert is important for your mental and spiritual growth
#7 Taking and Keeping Control
You must control your life if you want to change it.
Everyone talks about balance, but how many people practice it. Are you one who does?
#9 Plan for Daily Living
It all comes down to having a plan. Whether it’s in business or your personal life, you need a plan.
If you are unhappy with your situation, you need to change it and live out your dreams. What have you done lately to move yourself in that direction?