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Aging Baby Boomers: Blessed and Burdened

Baby boomers are truly blessed. We are one of the most influential generations in the world. We are more active, more determined to stay young and healthy and more willing to live our lives freely and robustly.

In fact, as we get older, we are still getting better with each passing year. Why is that so? Because, we, boomers, can do anything you want. Think about this. Just because you’re older, it doesn’t mean you can’t find your dreams and fulfill it. It’s not too late to think BIG and pursue what would truly make you happy. If you are open to opportunities, the ideas, people, and information will fall into place. Stop worrying about what will be and never give up on yourself. Just remember, though, that things don’t happen on their own. You need to put in the effort. This means that you have to act on the opportunities that come your way and maybe take some risks.

Here are two examples.

# Let’s say you’re ready to stop working at your current job and start your own at-home internet business. There is a lot of information available and many “gurus” who can direct you. Many boomers are turning to this new venue so they can create some passive income, while enjoying their “golden years.” When you follow the tried and already tested advice of others, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Plus, you may even reap the rewards of a fulfilling, prosperous future.

# Maybe you really want to become a travel agent so you can see the world. With some direction and determination, you can also make this dream come true. Take the baby steps by researching what you need to do and who you need to contact – and then go for it!

The only burden you really face is what course will you follow – either the traditional path to retirement or the innovative nontraditional means to creating your future. Now is the time to think about yourself and re-invent who you want to be in the last half of your life. This time of life can be very energizing and invigorating, if you think outside the box.

Baby boomers are aging and are burdened with indecision. But, you can help yourself by pushing to your limit so you can finally live out your dreams, because you really do deserve it.

Taking Someone For Granted: Five Things That Turn People Off

With all the people that you deal with daily, you don’t want to put them off by doing or saying things you didn’t mean. With awareness and some effort, you can prevent the kind of social conflicts that get people in trouble. Here are some of the most common things that turn people off:

1. Sharing personal information with friends or relatives that are supposed to be kept private. You don’t want to lose trust or deemphasize the importance of confidential communication with those closest to you.

2. Not listening when someone talks. By looking around, fidgeting or brushing someone off, you are discounting their significance. How would you feel if it was you? Be mindful when around other people, so the next time, you can ask those important questions that show you really were paying attention.

3. Taking someone for granted or devaluing their intentions. It is not only essential, but good manners to acknowledge what people do for you, whether it’s through your behavior or other nonverbal acts of kindness.

4. Smothering someone by being too possessive or implying they can’t take of themselves. You know how that feels! Rather you want to encourage independence, self-worth, confidence and trust. This is especially true for your adult children, who are making their own way, supporting themselves, raising their children and managing their busy lives.

5. Assuming people “get” what you say and want. Never rely on subtle hints if you want something to happen. Always be clear, state your needs and explain your requests, so that you will not be disappointed and angry if you’re expectations are not met.

Remember, your goal should always be to treat others, as you would like to be treated. The hard part is knowing the right thing to do and when to do it. But you easily have the power to nourish your compassion and starve your indifference because the benefits are great. Bennett Cerf once said, “A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.” Your kindness will never be wasted, but will keep coming back to you over your lifetime.

Love to hear your thoughts on this…

Take Control of Your Life: Don’t Let Fear Undermine Your Happiness

Anybody can get bad news regarding their health, marriage, work, kids, etc. No one is immune. But there is some wisdom you can live by to overcome the fears that are associated with any devastating

The key is to get in touch with your fears and then eliminate them. This will enable you to function with greater control and with more trust in yourself. Here are some steps you can take.

First you want to separate yourself from your thoughts and the situation. If you can know that you WILL be alright, you will be. Things will work out in the end and you will persevere, if you realize that relaxing and not giving in to the fears is the way to go. Fear stagnates you, keeps you from performing and prevents you from thinking clearly. Getting yourself centered and at a place where things appear to be OK will enable your mind and body to flow towards just that - creating favorable results.

Instead of rehearing the worst scenario of a situation, visualize the best and celebrate it. Keep your focus on what you want, rather than on the way it appears. Not only does that reduce some of your fears, but it also sets you up for more positive outcomes.

You are stronger than you think. Everyday your body is revitalizing and rejuvenating itself, which means that you are becoming stronger and stronger with each moment of each day. Take control of your life through added knowledge and support and you will feel stronger and capable of handling anything that comes your way.

Pray. I know this comes easier for some than for others, but prayers are answered. Wake up each morning, expecting something wonderful to happen and you’ll be surprised at how many gloriously, wonderful things will come your way.

Even with your fears, you can still be happy. Resolve to find joy, love and pleasure somewhere at all cost, because it’s that important. Uncertainty can be very damaging. But remember, that anything is possible. Miracles happen all the time. Why not be one of them!!

You were not put on this earth to suffer or be miserable so don’t give in to it. Pledge to be more mindlful of the magnificence of the universe. Dreams do come true, situations do turn themselves around, and you can become the cause of your renewed, happiness and peace. What is fear? Fear is Flow, Expectation, Amazement and Renewal.

Love to hear your thoughts, insights or comments on this.