September is Healthy Aging Month, and Health Net wants to remind you that there is no cap on age when it comes to reinventing yourself. In fact, a change in career, involvement in new sport or interest in a hobby helps your mind and body stay active and vibrant at any age.
Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine, says it’s never too late to take control of the things in your life that will lead you to a better lifestyle and a healthier life – whether that resurgence is physical, mental, financial or social. The goal, she suggests, is to stay active and fulfilled by doing the things that genuinely interest you.
Worthington suggests taking September as the month to ask this one question of you: If money were no object, what I do? Some variation of your answer should guide you into your next adventure. When you know what that is, you’ll next want to take a look at the following four points. These will help you receive the joy and confidence you need when discovering a new-found passion.
- Look in the mirror. What does your physical appearance say about what’s happening on the inside? Make sure you’re flashing a smile often, standing up straight and taking care of your outward self. If you don’t like what you see, make some changes. These things go a long way when it comes to your self-confidence – something you might find yourself needing a dose of as you take action on your new interests.
- Surround yourself with the right people. Nothing kills a great idea like negativity. Some people just don’t like change, but you can’t let those people influence you when you’re going for it! It’s crucial that you keep a healthy distance from the complainers and naysayers in your life. Surround yourself with positive, successful people who have a similar mindset.
- Reach out for help or advice. A change in career, for example, means meeting with the right people so you can get the latest trends and information in your newly desired field. It’s important to connect with people who have been in the industry for a while, as well people who have recently made the career switch you want to make. What you learn will help you tailor your resume and articulate in the interview why you know that now is the time to make a change, for example.
- Resolve that it won’t be easy. Taking up tennis or playing the piano? You’re going to have to start with the basics just like everyone else. Age doesn’t always give you an advantage when it comes to learning something new, so go ahead and embrace your fears. Sure, you’re wise enough to know you need to do the proper stretching before heading to the gym or put in the practice necessary to learn a new craft, but there may be times when the progress you’re making is slower than desired. Just remember that “persistence and practice” is the only way to get through the beginning of learning something new, says Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything … Fast! His research shows that people can usually see a difference in their skill level in just 20 hours, so stick to whatever it is you want to accomplish and remind yourself not to get frustrated too easily.
As you embark on new adventures, hobbies, exercise regimes or work, you’ll begin to feel a renewed sense of purpose for yourself. Let go of the trepidation, enjoy the process and mind what your body tells you. You’re going to be great.