Are you convinced that you can start over at any age, despite your current circumstances? Have you ever wished you could go back to a certain age and start all over? Have you thought, “Wow, I wish I could go back to 18 and know what I know now. I would do things so different!” I’m sure many of us have and while we can’t physically go back to 18 and start over, you can start over in various ways not matter what your age is.
I’ve heard of businessmen who had a highly successful business, lost it, and then started over and rebuilt another successful business. How? They knew what principles to use and weren’t afraid to start over. They didn’t necessarily perceive their loss to be a failure. They moved forward despite fear, ridicule, anger, regret, etc.
Clean your slate
No matter where you are in life, you can adopt the attitude that you can clean your slate and start over if you’re not happy in an area. Are you not happy with your current career? Why can’t you start over and choose a career that you’d love? The answer is that you can. People go through career changes all the time and the reason they’re successful is because they set their goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and actually take action.
Many people get caught up in the uncertainty and what ifs and never get farther than the dream of something new. You’re last relationship hit you hard? You wish you could just start over without any bitterness, hurt, or fear? You can. You can make a decision to give yourself a brand new start today.
When you were 18 you probably didn’t have a bunch of goals and plans. You most likely didn’t have a bunch of wisdom either because that tends to come as we age. No matter what you’ve been through, no matter how young or old you are, you can do some things different and start over.
Make a plan
I encourage you to take some time to do a life reality check. Answer some of these questions:
Am I really happy in life?
Do I like my career?
Am I happy in my relationship?
What would I do differently if I could really start over?
Am I really living the life I want?
Am I willing to do what it takes to create a life I love?
Will I continue to let the past, obstacles, fear, shame, etc. to hold me back?
Why can’t I dream new dreams?
Answer these questions and then make a plan for your life from this day forward. Create goals and some sort of plan to achieve those goals. For example, if you’re not happy with your current job, you’ve got to make a decision as to what job you would like and then sit down and write out how you can make it happen. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details right now, how the money for school will come, or how you’ll be able to fit it all into your schedule. Just do the footwork and begin taking little steps. I think you’ll be surprised at how things start coming together. It’s the faith and action toward your goal that propels you and creates momentum to actually make progress.
Let the past go
It’s important that you bid adieu to the past; the mistakes, the losses, the regret, shame, and so on. All you have is the present and the future. Enjoy your present and look forward to a bright future. Make it what you want it to be. If you need help, by all means ask for help. There are professional Life Coaches that would love to come alongside you and give you some guidance and accountability. You’re certainly worth the investment.
You have my permission to start over no matter what your past has been, no matter what your presentlooks like, and no matter what age you are. Adopt a “can do” attitude and watch great things unfold right before your eyes. Go ahead and create a life you love.
It will look like this: You Can Start Over At Any Age