I realize that referring to risk-taking as your lifeline after 50 might sound a bit melodramatic. Nevertheless… it’s true!
Once you hit your half-century birthday or thereabouts, you reach a major fork in the road. You can choose to focus on your widening waistline or concentrate on counting your wrinkles. And, should that by your choice; you will be guaranteed to spend the remainder of your days mourning your lost youth. Or… you can choose to recognize that these can be the best years of your life and move forward with anticipation and joy.
Menopause is a major biomarker that requires a woman to change: physically, emotionally, and in her relationships with family and friends. Hormonal shifts combine with pent up desires (brought on by years of catering to the needs of others) to gift midlife women with a sense of urgency for self-expression and self-direction.
Nevertheless, in order to stretch and grow, you need to take risks. And risks are frightening. So how can you take the risks you’ll need to move forward, yet do so in a way that will feel as comfortable as possible? Here are a few thoughts to get you started:
Decide upon a long-range goal and work backwards to create action steps. In other words, if you want to start a new business by next year, decide on the steps you will need to complete in 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, and, better yet, next week. What can you do today to start moving towards your goal?
Commit to taking one small risk each and every day. Speak your mind in an instance when it would be your nature to remain silent; take on a project that pushes your boundaries; try a new skill; go back to school; take a class; present before a group; learn to say: NOand mean it.
Realize that taking risks will make you stronger. Each time you commit to something that frightens you, confront you fear, and follow through to succeed, you can’t help but grow more confident. You will also grow your skill set. And, if you start with a long-range goal in mind, you will surely and steadily move in the direction of realizing the dream you hold for yourself.
So take on risks, do it in ways that feel comfortable, and know that every time you push your personal boundaries, your life is expanding in a very feisty way. After all, taking on risks will move your forward— and this daily practice truly can become your lifeline!