Find Time to Factor in the Changes as You Age

Finding time to manage the changes we all experience as we navigate the developmental stages of living involves a constant process of recognition and adjustment as we age.  It’s a process that brings great rewards, because it keeps us in sync with ourselves; and it can be particularly important as we move into middle age and beyond.

You see, it’s a fact of life that we are actually always in a state of change and transition.  It’s also a fact of life that we generally notice these changes only when we bump up against them.  But this doesn’t have to be a jarring experience.  The more we can be aware of the inevitability of change, the less disconcerting it is when we come upon it.

If you are someone who has always enjoyed being energetic, efficient, and productive, you may notice a shift in what you are able to accomplish in a particular span of time.  It happens gradually, but the realization may feel sudden.  Perhaps one evening, you find yourself feeling puzzled and frustrated because you just can’t pack as much into a 3-hour span as you used to.

This is normal and comes as we get older.  It is also a process that continues, for as long as we are lucky enough to be here.

So, here’s how I suggest managing the changes that come with aging – my 3 A’s of Aging:

  • Acceptance:  Acceptance of reality is the base for everything that follows.  It involves both seeing-what-is, and also honestly experiencing your feelings about it.  Acceptance gives you a solid foundation to build on.  Without acceptance, you will be constantly surprising yourself as you bump into inevitable changes that you are choosing to deny or ignore.  This can be a bruising experience!
  • Adjustment:  Once you have accepted the fact of change, you free up your energy and creativity to adjust.  This may mean changing the way you do things.  It will also entail changing your expectations.
  • Agility:  As a dancer, agility has always been a foundational skill for me; and I love carrying the concept of agility into my aging process.  Now, agility in the face of change is more of a mindset than a musculoskeletal capacity.  But either way, it is a great plus, and a key element in my toolbox, as I continue my journey through time!

Do you notice age-related changes in yourself as you move through your day?  How do they affect your energy, focus, and productivity?  Try keeping track of this for a week, and see what you discover.  And don’t forget to be aware of your feelings about it all.  These are things that you are likely to experience as losses.  As you accept this, you can transform it!

And are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Time Management™ Path?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ – my chapter in the book I co-authored – Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

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