Finding Your Passion: Living Your Best Life

By Gwyneth Short, ATC, MS, CMT
Transitions Senior Care ~

What’s next vs. What’s now?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe it’s to start a new business or move to a new job. Maybe it’s a new hobby or project. Older adults spend a lot of time thinking about and planning for retirement. While that’s important, it’s just as important to evaluate our lives in the present. As we get older, it becomes more and more common to stay on the path we started on without considering what other options are out there. This is not to say that you should abandon everything you’ve been working for, but instead take a hard look at it and evaluate it effectively.

What are your goals?

As you evaluate your retirement plan, it is important to look at it with a critical eye. What were your goals when you started planning for retirement? Was it living at home vs. a senior care facility? As you reach this stage of life, have your goals or circumstances changed? Different stages of life bring different experiences. It is important to periodically evaluate our circumstances and adjust when necessary. Remember, small changes now can translate to big changes later.
The bottom line is this: is what you are doing now meeting the goals that you have set for yourself? What are the things in your life, job, or daily habits that feed you and align with your core values. Can those things be applied in a different way?

Infusion of new energy

As you look to make changes and do new things, look at the areas of your life that you would like to infuse with new energy. This could be work, travel, family, or anything else that you want to change. As you do this, look at what changes would be necessary and then evaluate them against your current path and goals. What would it take? What sacrifices would be necessary? Would it take away from how you are planning now for the future? Once you do this, then you can look at what changes you can or cannot afford to make. The important part of this is to honestly evaluate these changes before deciding if it will or won’t work. Instead of looking at all the reasons why you can’t (there are always plenty of those), find the reasons why you can. Then you can be realistic about the changes that are necessary and possible.

Take the first Step

Ask yourself these questions:

  • If you could start your own business, what would it be?
  • If you could change jobs, what kind of job would you want?
  • If you could start a new hobby, what would it be?
  • If you could go back to school, what would you study?
  • If you could add one thing to your life, what would it be?
  • What other questions would you ask yourself?

Now ask yourself:

  • How many hours each week could you spend on something new?
  • What would it take?
  • What would you have to give up?

Doing things now doesn’t mean sacrificing the future. Find the things that you can do now that align with your goals. Once you have evaluated your current path and your goals, make sure that they are aligned with one another and then decide what you can add or change to maximize your quality of life. Live now and live later.

Finding your Passion and Living your Dream

What is Mindset?

Your mindset is a set of beliefs that shape how you make sense of the world and yourself. It influences how you think, feel, and behave in any given situation. It means that what you believe about yourself impacts your success or failure.

What is financial forecasting and budgeting?

Planning, budgeting and forecasting is typically a multi-step process for determining and mapping out an individual’s short- and long-term financial goals: Budgeting provides a plan for an individual’s objectives, how to get from point A to B.

Having these 2 items in sync will assist you in your future plans, endeavors, and in finding your passion in life.

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