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Midlife, you say? Opinions vary widely regarding when “midlife” “or middle age” actually begins and when it ends, and that’s okay. However, despite the annoying health problems and physical changes that tend to pop up the deeper we go into our 40s, of this I am certain: The decades spanning our mid-30s to mid-60s can and should be our most productive and satisfying.

Here’s a very helpful NPR article on how to not only “survive” but THRIVE during middle age…which happens to be where I reside at the moment.

We still have so much to learn and experience, and I find that incredibly exciting! Four questions I encourage you to consider right now:

  1. What life goals do you need to start permitting yourself to embrace? What sometimes keeps you from taking permission?
  2. What are the fears that stand in your way right now? Which ones are grounded in reality and which are more fairly described as “catastrophizing?”
  3. Who are the people you need to engage differently in order to make progress? Which ones are family or close friends? Which are Millennials? GenXers? Boomers?
  4. What are a few steps you can take right now to feel less stressed? Think small in order to go big; what can you do TODAY?

Growing Your Strengths

I’m a Nashville-based writer, talent strategist, and certified executive coach. On this website, I primarily write stories featuring a diverse group of professionals whose examples of applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life.

These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The impact, for these professionals and for many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.

Until, however, each of these individuals chooses to do something new: practicing mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits, and growing them into strengths…strengths that respond to change rather than just react.

Strengths that you can develop as well.

Don’t settle for the confusion, distraction, and stress. You’re stronger than that, and capable of much more.

Choose to do something new. Today. Start with this post, check out my books, and join our learning community to receive free, exclusive content via email each month with timely guidance on applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling.

 

 

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John M. DeMarco is a writer, strategist, and executive coach based in Nashville, Tennessee.