11 Jan Boomer’s final frontier: Mastering the mind
We, the baby boom generation, will be heading towards retirement in the coming years and therefore there is a need for us to have the right mindset and attitude to tackle the various kinds of challenges lurking in the horizon. All the best advice in the world will not help if we are lacking the positive and empowering personal resources to convert that advice into results.
Times may get worse, or may be not – the point here is to focus on our goals and what we want rather than focusing on what we don’t want. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, “we must learn to focus on where we want to go, not on what we fear”. Our minds and its ability to focus is like a camera which can zoom in and capture beauty amidst ugliness and ugliness amidst beauty – the choice is entirely ours. As Boomers who are heading towards retirement will soon find that this new phase in life will close many old chapters and open up many new ones. We may no longer be able to feel the sense of power and authority that comes with being in positions of power but that also means that there will be plenty of time for family, hobbies and things that we always wanted to do but could never find the time for – once again our ability to focus on the proverbial “silver lining” will consequently determine our attitudes, thoughts, words and actions. Some Boomers will opt to open up a small or medium sized business, some will decide to invest their savings, and some boomers will just put their money in a fixed deposit and cherish the time with their families. All of these options are the “right choice” for as long as it is what you “really” want for yourself. But no matter what you choose to do with your retirement, the ability to “focus” correctly will define the extent of your success.
It is very important for Boomers to understand that our minds are our greatest resource. Focusing on thoughts of dis-empowerment and negativity will lead to similar thoughts, words and actions. Focusing on healthy thoughts will cause a diametric and natural shift in how we feel, how we see the world, how we interact with those around us and how we carry out our responsibilities to our families and money matters. We get more and more of what we focus on and whatever we don’t choose to focus on simply withers away and dies. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we should totally ignore the abnormalities in our life. It simply means that we don’t allow the challenges in our life to sweep over what’s really important. We work towards constant betterment without succumbing to our life’s negative elements. It’s pretty much like learning to ride a bike – the more you fear hitting the pole, the higher the chances are that you will eventually hit the pole – because that’s where the focus is and that’s where you will end up – the pole. To quote William Arthur Ward, “It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses”.
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