One of the underlying strategies for both action research and doctoral work is that before you take action or move forward with research you must understand what is already known about your topic. In academic terms this is called a review of literature. Therefore, the natural thing for me to do this morning, focused as I am on finding models for reinventing life over 60, to proceed with my strategy towards building the healthiest and most abundant possible next stage of life, is to understand what is known about thriving elder years and to find models or mentors who will introduce me to patterns on which I can build.
Reinventing Life @60+
It is a luxury to work with a life coach. Rather than having to keep constant watch (as we all do) on our thoughts and moods in our attempt to keep them pointing in the best, positive and life affirming direction, we have a partner who watched with us. This companionship also offers new ideas, processes, etc. proven to help. In general, a life coach is a comfort, and if you can afford one I highly recommend the experience.
What are your dragons? Depression, criticism from others, self-doubt, or fear? Each and all of these in turn can completely stop my, your, our, progress as we move forward in life. Unfortunately, the norm of our society is that with a certain age we stop taking on the risky challenges and instead lead a peaceful life at the spot where ever we are planted.
I'm starting a journey towards a greater experience of wealth. There are other articles here that describel CieAura's wonderful Holographic chips and that is part of the work I am doing, which, along with DoctoralNet.com and the books I write are three strategies known in the world to build wealth. But what is wealth? How will I know when I have it and what feelings, experiences, etc will it engender? We can't draw things to us before we can live them in our imaginations.
Martin Seligman has a new theory. Who is Martin Seligman and why is this important? Dr. Seligman is the founder and one of the most prolific advocates of positive psychology. He is also a man for whom I have great respect. A maverick at heart, he flew in the face of a psychological tradition that looked for only disease and went on to develop scientific evidence about what leads to a positive and happy life.
At the time of this writing, in the winter of 2010, I am 57 years of age. I start with that because this is an age where people wrestle with thoughts about whether or not they are getting old. It is also a time where we can stand poised on the beginning of reinventing our lives, determined to age well, embrace change, and keep learning.