Setting personal goals at proper stages is how we move forward and chronicle our journey. The third age is one of the vital refocusing periods in your life, so don’t neglect it. For many, this time can transform into a mid-life crisis, a feeling that time is slipping away when there are still many personal goals to accomplish.
Now is the time to accurately examine those problems and make a personal growth plan so that at least some of those new goals being recognized are reached. Take some time off to look over the horizon. What does your future, after 50, look like? What do ‘you’ as a person with ‘free will’ want it to look like?
- Are you going to stay and work at your office full time?
- Are you sadly about to become an empty nester?
- Is it time to try that entrepreneurship venture you always wanted?
- Is it time to go back to education?
- Is it time to renovate the home?
- Is it time to sell some properties for easy retirement?
Start exploring and watching for things that you left behind in your late teens and early 30’s. What were those trippy things you wanted to do? How many of them are still possible? At this stage, everything is an option that can make the idea a little strange. So break it down into something more manageable.
Four key areas will need your attention:
We live in a wonderful age where you can manage many ailments with a single tablet a day. But even in the light of medical advances, isn’t there at least some level of duty to take ownership of your own well-being and health? This is an important personal goal to set.
This is extremely important and cannot be ignored. This will decide whether you have a pleasant retirement, a sort of semi-retirement, or must remain in office long past the conventional retirement age. If you set no other new individual goals, try setting this one.
People make their last, big statement on the relationship front at this stage of life. What decisions are you preparing to take? Do you move on, dig in or devise a plan to make things different and perhaps better?
Are you going to maintain your child’s room just the way it is until he’s 40? How about moving ahead with your life? Redecorate, downsize, empty the cupboard, walk light, light, lighter on the earth. If you haven’t been using the stuff, pitch it or give it away and make some must-needed space.
You can make changes quickly or slowly. Short goals may be a start or go big bang. Whatever you want to do, at least make some choices and keep moving forward. You will feel a lot better about it.