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In this post, I want to make the case that it is, in fact, never too late to change your life. It may sound like a cliché, but it’s true. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25, 45, or even 65.
On the internet, you can read countless stories about people who suffered through a meaningless, mundane existence until they decided to change their lives. Sure, if you’re 65, you may have a different set of challenges than someone who’s 25, but the mechanics of how to change can still be applied.
Take my mother, for example.
Several years ago when I was first starting out in the world of online business, I used to share with her all the personal development stuff I was learning. I was convinced that there was a way for me to create my dream life, and, over the years, she was able to observe me transform my vision into reality.
At the time she was a Senior Leader in an inner city school in the ethnically diverse city of Bradford, West Yorkshire. I repeatedly asked her, “Is this what you really want to be doing for the rest of your life until you retire?”
It was obvious to me that she was not 100 percent happy with where she was and wanted a fresh start. As luck would have it, she had a friend who found a similar teaching job overseas in Abu Dhabi. Better pay, free accommodation, and no tax! This piqued her curiosity and triggered a sequence of events that led her to secure a top-level position at a prestigious school in Abu Dhabi.
This was a BIG move, and she was forced to step outside her comfort zone in a bold new way.
It was the first time she visited the Middle East. And, it was the first time she lived abroad on her own, the first time she spent a considerable amount of time away from her four sons, and it was the first time she had a new job in over 10 years. Little did she know it was the first step to changing her life.
Anyhow, to fast forward to the present moment: She has since held senior positions in Kyrgyzstan (yup, you read that right!) and Malaysia. She has travelled to Thailand, Bali, and Australia, all on her own.
Now, she’s taking the interior design skills she developed over years of furnishing several of the properties she lived in and has started building a property development business. Something she has always dreamt of.
I’m pretty sure she had no idea this would all unfold the way it did. But this is what can happen when you make a decision to change and do something different. If my mum can do it, and she’s now in her 60s (she’ll hate me for sharing that), there’s no reason why you can’t do it, too.
3 Easy Ways to Get Started
I want to leave you with some practical steps you can take right now to make the leap and change your life.
1. Get clear about what you want to do
What do you want to accomplish? What sort of change do you want to make? Get a pen and paper and start brainstorming. Maybe you want to find a new job, live somewhere completely different, or learn a new skill or hobby. Whatever it is, you need to be clear about what the change is going to look like.
2. Speak to others who have already done it
To give you the confidence that it’s actually possible to do what you are trying to do, spend some time researching online to find people who are already doing it and living the life you want.
Reach out to them on social media, email them, or even buy their course or program if they have one. Do whatever you can to get their attention so you can ask them how they got started and how they were able to reach the level they are on now. Talking to other people who are already living the life you want to live will really lift your spirits and give you the extra energy you need to make it happen.
3. Spend some time every day taking action
Consistent, disciplined action is where the rubber meets the road. Without it, you’re not going to get very far. You need to figure out what you need to do to get closer to living your new life.
If your goal is to get a new job in a different country, like my mum, you need to refine your CV and apply for jobs on a daily basis. If it’s building a business around your passion, you need to put in the work every day to create, build, and grow.
Stick With It
As it is with most things in life that are worthwhile, change, more often than not, is going to take some time and patience. You may feel like giving up and going back to your old ways if things don’t start moving in the right direction quickly. But no one ever did anything great by retreating to their comfort zone and giving up on their dream.
You need to create a firm belief that this change is inevitable. When doubt and panic start to creep in, it’s easy to convince yourself that making a change is not possible. In those moments, you must be able to step back and recognise that the voice telling you to quit is not the real
So what is the change you want to make today?
Let me know in the comments below.