When was the last time you chatted with one of your school chums? What did you find out? How are they doing? How are you doing? What’s your dream right now?
Recently, I bumped into a high school acquaintance. She said she’s retiring after 30 years of work. Well, she’s only early 50’s or so and given the health and wellness opportunities we have today, she’ll likely live another 30 years!
So I asked her the million dollar question, “Do you have the money saved to live out your life? And is it invested wisely?”
She laughed and admitted that she’s retiring from this job. She wants to keep working for a couple of reasons. They traveled, she said and spent quite a bit already.
Most pensions are a lot less than the original salaries and her income doesn’t cover her original lifestyle. Then she sighed, “I’m looking for something new and different. But that means I have to re-educate or begin on the ground floor in some job I’m not even sure about.
And as if that weren’t enough, there’s the age thing. Will companies hire older?
Apparently, yes! Stats Canada recently posted that employment among women 55 and older grew by 29,000 in April 2011. And that number is climbing.
In Alberta, my home province stats showed the trend is women in mid fifties jumped to 151.200 in the same month! Wow! Now that’s significant.
“It’s surprising that older women are leading employment growth today,” said Todd Hirsch, senior economist with ATB Financial in Calgary.
“It might be the case that more families are needing a second income, or at least a part-time income, to supplement maybe some of their retirement savings that are proving to be insufficient,” he said.
“It might be that mature workers, females over 55, are not ready to retire and employers are offering more flexible, more attractive kinds of positions.”
Elsbeth Mehrer, director of research, workforce and strategy for Calgary Economic Development, said the increase in employment among women over 55 could include employers making adjustments to retain experienced employees.
“The second factor that might be part of this is the individual’s circumstances or conditions for those women and individuals -that notion of, ‘Have they seen their portfolio affected by the recession?’ and therefore maybe they’re tied to the labour market longer,” Mehrer said. “Have they seen some other things change in terms of family status? Or maybe the kids have finished university and they’re sticking with employment.”
Whatever their real reasons for going back to work, women are not yet ready to pull up a couch and sit around.
In my own 20 years of teaching business and finance, plus 20 years in personal development, the two served me well.
What I found was that no matter how reeducated or how gung-ho to work in business for themselves or for employers, something always popped up from the inside out.
The challenges always went back to not doing enough inner clearing, breaking out blocks to believing they were worthy of competitive salaries and that their voice and commitments meant something.
If you’re in a position of making a change in career, adding a business practice of your own or simply having a desire to continue to work and earn income, the number one MUST is to get clear about your compelling vision.
Without a vision, no amounts of goals or actions will lead you to that result.
For example, I became aware that whenever my brain churns and produces way too many ideas at the same time, I was overwhelmed. I shut down. In fact, my overall vision for myself was so fluid, it shifted in weird unstable ways and disappeared quickly.
I’ve been confused about taking relevant actions. I have a wonderful habit of tackling any project and completing it. So that part has never been an issue for me. In fact, I’ve written a book in the past month and have a draft proof copy in my hands – action is that quick for me!
The clue came I heard someone say that that a vision without action is a daydream. Then he said that action without a vision is like a dog wagging its tail. That phrase was me! I’m like a little puppy, ass-end shaking out of control with excitement at each different idea of what to do and where to go and with whom! Even as a kid, I would get excited about an idea, get it started and finished before anyone else had a chance to think twice! It’s awesome to be so thrilled!
So what I’m saying is, it doesn’t make a hoot because if that vision isn’t there in the first place, even the completed actions get lost in the process.
That tail wagging dog image shook me out of complacency of confusion and into the depth of the issue – and this was the big honker belief: I believed I was insignificant.
Insignificant was represented as a black sticky wall between me and my essence, I couldn’t possibly know what my true compelling vision was – I was excluding myself from my true essence.
Knowing tools to get me through and release these energetic blocks makes my life a whole lot nicer!
So go ahead, take a deep breath and imagine a your lifelong vision for yourself. Then set some goals and 3rd take action!
“Patricia—thanks so much… This really gave me some clarity… The fact, that I do NOT have a problem with commitment… I appreciate your insight so much… Many hugs.” Rose Kirkland