If you are a woman in your fifties, you may have been pondering your beliefs, values, and how to reinvent yourselves at 50 plus and start a new chapter in life. As the years go by, our inner and outer environments and motivation change.
These natural dynamics happen everywhere: at the workplace, in your family, and as personal and health transitions. At some point, we realise that we have collected considerable baggage of experiences and skills in all domains of our life, and we can now grab new impulses and move forward with more enthusiasm in the second half of our life.
Click on “Reset” and Transform Life after 50
When I turned 50 a few years ago, I realised that my second chapter had started a few years earlier before turning fifty. My first life transformation took place at 44 when I pivoted into freelancing and reinvented myself professionally. For some women, time starts earlier, for some later in the mid-fifties or even in their sixties. No matter when it happens, when you are ready for a life change, you will know it.
While we all feel the excitement to make the change happen, often, the desired shift doesn’t happen with a snap of our fingers, and life changes are challenging as we first imagined.
Does it sound familiar? I can totally relate to my life journey at 50 plus.
5 Things to Consider When Reinventing yourself after 50
So here is what you can do. Before entering the realm of new explorations, take these small steps to clarify what matters to you and see the new direction in life.
- Take stoke of your past experiences. Go through all achievements, skills, and talents as if we were watching a film. Get inspired to go above and beyond the first half of your life.
- Close all open loops in all aspects of your life: relationships, workplace, personal, and friendships. Choose to let go of all emotional baggage that holds you back.
- Ditch these words “should” —no more time for “shoulding” on yourself and others. So reframe the “I should” into the question: what’s in it for me? What matters to me?
- Shift your focus on the things that make you happy and ask yourself this question: What lights me up? What is it that makes me happy inside and out?
- Choose to release emotions and thoughts that do not serve you. Like with relationships and friends, surround yourself with people who inspire and support you.
Start new explorations and upgrade your environment
Because we all tend to live longer and our improved lifestyle and life expectancy have remarkably increased, women over 50 are bold and don’t expect to enter retirement and rest for the rest of their lives. Most women feel drawn to a variety of new empowering projects and rewarding activities so that you will find yourself:
- Look at new roles: think of starting a new business or launching a non-profit.
- Take on a new cause: such as environmental causes, mental health support, and humanitarian projects.
- Explore the world and become a digital nomad, living in a new country overseas could be your thing.
- Stay active and intentional on improving your overall physical and mental health by taking on new habits and rituals to stay on track.
It may sound daunting at first, as you may need to figure out what you want, or having too many ideas and options can be overwhelming. If this is your case, go through this survey to see where you are at. Answering these empowering questions will help you find inner guidance and see with clarity in which direction you are going
Also, for October 2022, I’m offering a woman over 50 a coaching session with me, at no cost, to help you find direction quickly, deal with all unturned stones and things that may stand in your way and hold you back from moving forward with your new life journey.
Why finding purpose in life after 50 matters
I believe that reinventing yourself is related to finding clarity and purpose in life, becoming connected with our inner values, and doing all that makes us truly happy. Transforming life at 50 means reconnecting with our true passions or finding new ones, evaluating our core values, and creating a vision and mission that is exciting and makes us feel alive.
But this time, we need to see it differently, not as a chore or an obligation.
We must see it as an opportunity to grow and thrive and build a different life paradigm. After fifty, some refer to the second half as the “second spring” or “second youth”. The key is to see the change with new eyes and embrace the second half of life with a new and higher spirit. It’s all about taking our lives to the next level and being committed to living the best life.
Six steps for starting over and reinventing life at 50 plus
To help you go through this new life journey after 50, here are my best tips on creating easy steps that will guide you to finding new meaning and purpose in life.
1. Acknowledge your achievements and successes.
Where do you see a transition and a learning cycle over the past 50 years in your life? Was it going to college, finding a job and career, getting married, having children, creating your business, or all of these
Make a list of all things you learned, the takeaways, and the skills you developed in each phase. Embrace those moments and feelings that accompanied those achievements. Praise yourself for all those things you achieved and feel proud of yourself, your personal life, family and work life
2. Cultivate curiosity and embrace lifelong learning.
The fuel for reinventing your life lies in curiosity. My burning curiosity is my no—1 trigger and motivator that has triggered and sustained me through all my life transitions. Genuine curiosity is the steering engine of all emotional states, thoughts, ways of thinking and undertakings. It is the fuel for any new experience. It’s a trigger that helps you learn more about yourself, boldly dive deep into the unknown and be open to stepping out of what looks and sounds familiar.
Some people have it as a natural gift, and others need to cultivate it. Genuine curiosity can ignite a burning desire to learn new things and embrace change with ease. It automatically leads to growing social connections, networking activities, and attracting the right things into your life. Curiosity is also a natural deterrent to fear, i.e. it helps neutralise our fears.
3. Listen to your feelings and attune to your desires.
Listening to our feelings is one of those skills we need to learn lifelong. Our emotional state guides us in all our actions, and the thing is that we are only sometimes aware of it. Our brain and inner survival mechanism protect us from rejections and emotions that may hurt us or makes us feel uncomfortable.
So the only way to move towards what we desire and want from our life is to be ready to listen to our feelings, grab that underlying message, convert it into a positive affirmation and transform the overwhelm into a challenge.
Please don’t fall into the trap of labelling emotions and feelings. Instead, accept them as they manifest and focus on the message that they bear with them. Learn to convert the energy of emotions into positive thoughts and actions.
4. Practice gratitude and reframe appreciation.
To transform those feelings that hold you back from getting ahead and moving forward, becoming aware of all those small and important things we have in life and take for granted. Being grateful for having them in our lives is critical. Here it’s not just a matter of listing them in a nice list. It is about growing self-love and confidence.
Go through the list of things in your personal life, such as your personality, achievements, and skills. Reframing what appreciation is by giving it a sensory dimension is also tremendously helpful. Dive into each of these domains with all your senses, and you will see the difference
5. Embrace small changes with an open heart.
If you are serious about finding a new meaningful life that is not only filled with new things and maybe a new environment but, first and foremost, lets you grow as a person, you must embrace change at 360°. What I mean is that change will instead have to happen inside you. When your way of thinking will attune to your desires, and once internalised, they create those magic vibrations.
Science shows us that our mind believes in our thoughts and imagery without distinguishing between an actual event and one we get visualised. If you feed your mind only with the right ideas and words, your mind starts to believe them, which is the turning point in the change process.
There are many more ways to help you create your future self in your mind. Many people love to create a vision board, and there are many kinds of visuals you can build on. You can start jotting down a list of new experiences you want to do in the next 1-3 years and grouping them into relevant categories.
Then you can list the skills and abilities you want to learn along this path and, finally, add the positive statements and the contribution of how you want to help others. Moreover, you can add your legacy: i.e. what you would like to be remembered for.
6. Build a bridge between your present and future self.
Any life reinvention starts from where you are, physically, mentally and emotionally. The way to go is to build a bridge between where you are now and where you envision yourself in the future. Start taking the small and first steps towards your future self.
By creating a safe playground, or “safe stage”, as I call it, you will be able to practice change and build your mental and emotional muscles. This way, you can start to envision growth possibilities and believe in them, identify the following steps, and implement them into your new empowering life.
7. Take action. Go with the flow.
You cannot build a cathedral overnight. You are taking small steps every day is how to start. No matter what, when and how. Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. Observe, reflect, focus your attention and let go to activate the most profound flow, attract the right things in life and move in the right direction.
The next steps for your new life journey after 50?
You can use the above steps as a simple framework to start working on your new life journey. If you are a woman in your 50s or older who wants to courageously embrace a whole new life stage while feeling more empowered to play full out but don’t feel confident enough to get it going, I can help you through your discovery journey. With my mindset coaching help, I can show you how to activate the process of reinventing yourself after 50 and smoothly go through each phase.
Take action now: book a complimentary session with Me!
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