Today is my 51st birthday and I'm officially in the "Over 50" age bracket. That could be a little depressing but instead of looking at what's behind me, I'm looking at what's ahead.
Fortunately, I read something this morning that inspired me in my quest for work life balance in a stage of life that depends less on taking care of my children (two who are now in college) and more about finding the right fulfillment from work and life.
Life coach Martina E. Faulkner says two little words can make a big difference in how we live our lives. Do you want to know those two words?
Get ready because they are simple and complicated at the same time….
For example, you can ask yourself, "What if I could…" or What if I did…"
Instead of feeling frantic, overwhelmed or unfulfilled …What if we ask ourselves "What if?"
What if I wrote the book? What if I published it? or What if I took on a new position at work? What if I asked my boss for flexibility?
Martina says “What if..?” is a simple little phrase that belies its greatness. It is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used to manifest the greatest joys or undermine even the most assured confidence. It all depends on how you use it.
What if I let go of the sad feeling I have that I don't have toddlers to tuck in bed at night and embrace the fact that I can talk to my kids about my work challenges or hear their thoughts about who should be President?
What if I allow myself to feel less stressed about the constant stream of information coming at me from every direction and make more effort to work productively and pursue new outside interests?
There are so many ways to strike a better balance if we ask ourselves "What if.."
I look forward to all the possibilities that those two words bring. Happy Birthday to Me!