Attitude is Everything!
Headspace is so important when you are looking for a change. You have to be positive or things are just not going to happen.
We all know that the older we get, the better we know ourselves. We know what we like and what we don’t. We may be more specific about the behaviour we will tolerate from others and the interactions we have with other people.
But this also brings greater focus. We know what we want and what we are about. What we are good at and what we’re not. Does this mean that we aren't open to opportunity, ideas or change? No not necessarily. But it might mean that you could cut yourself out of a chance for change or opportunity because you are too quick to judge it "not being you" or "you don't think you're the right person for the job". How do you know if you don’t give it a go?
Regardless of your age, it is so important that you keep learning, growing and developing. My Grandmother is currently 101-years-old and she did the crossword daily until she was in her 90's. One day, I asked her why? It keeps my brain active was her response. I want to be like that - continuing to learn and develop, keeping my brain active and engaged.
For us to grow as people sometimes we need to throw ourselves in the deep end and try something new or unknown. I do feel that the older we get we do become more reluctant to do this. How invigorating would it be to do a 180 on life and re-group, learn a new skill, work within a different industry and share your experiences with others? Often people underestimate how much value they can add to a business, let alone all the life skills learned along the way.
Have you seen “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix? I recently watched it & highly recommend it. It is the story of Leon who is in his early 40s and has worked as a Broker in London for many years. In a highly stressful role that he didn’t enjoy; he felt depressed and uninspired. After watching the Motorcycle Diaries, Leon embarked on a journey in an unreliable car – driving from Alaska to Argentina – with nothing but the kindness of strangers. He had no money, no food, no fuel. What he saw and learnt is a lesson for all of us.
Don’t be afraid of change. But in order to change, you need to be in the correct headspace – ready and positive. You can't change with a half heart, or you won’t be totally open to the change or opportunities coming your way. You need to be fully committed to the change, opportunity or new experience.
Things happen to positive people, we have all witnessed this. If you see a role that is potentially a bit left field but it seems different and interesting, then inquire. You never know. You may not get the first or second new role you go for, but if you keep trying and keep positive, it will happen.
Change is good!