Our 60’s are one of the most important transition periods of our lives. With our children away from home, our social context is changing. Retirement is “in sight,” even if we don’t plan to quit our jobs anytime soon. Turning 60 is also the time many of us begin to question our place in the world. We can even look at our lives and ask, “Is it just this? He was surely destined to do something else! These are 4 steps to reinvent yourself if you have already reached 60 years old and you think you need it.

If you are like many older adults, you may wonder how you can reinvent yourself after 60 years . Maybe you are tired of feeling out of shape and want to commit to living a healthier life. Or perhaps, after more than 40 years working for someone else, you are ready to start your own business. Maybe you just want to find ways to get back into the world, now that your kids are building their own lives.

4 essential steps to reinvent yourself after 60

Are you planning to reinvent yourself? What do you want to change the most in your life now that you are 60 or older?

We hope you find these 4 essential steps helpful and that they help you get on the road to building the life you deserve.

1. Know yourself – Don’t skip this step!

You remember the scene in Alice in Wonderland, where Alice asks the Cheshire cat which way to go. The cat responds that it depends on where he wants to go.

This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people miss out on this step on their reinvention journey. They are so eager to “get started” or “do something” that they set off at random, chasing one whim after another.

As a starting point, we encourage you to take out a piece of paper and answer the following questions:

  1. What do I value most in this world?
  2. What do I feel is missing most in my life?
  3. When have I been happiest? What was he doing and who was he with?
  4. What am I good at? Which of these talents do I really enjoy?
  5. What do I think is wrong with the world?
  6. How do I want my life to be 10 years from now?
  7. What do I want to fix the most in my life?
  8. What do I like the most about my life?

These questions are just a starting point. You can surely reach other people related to the type of reinvention you are looking for. It is important that these questions are part of a “living document”. Don’t write your answers once and assume your work is done. Go back to these questions every few months to see how your perspective has changed. You may be surprised!

2. Value small steps and consistency over flashy promises

When you decide to reinvent your life after 60, the tendency may be to focus on great achievements. If you want to get in shape, you can run to join a gym. If you want to fix your financial situation, you can decide to sell everything that is not “essential”. Although, very few people thrive on this kind of approach. Oh sure, they feel great for a few days. Then, as the adrenaline wears off, they go back to their old habits.

Ironically, the best way to reinvent yourself after 60 is to start with small steps that you can apply consistently. One place to start is with your answers to the questions in the previous section.

Try to find a small action that you can take every day. For example, if your health is a concern, set aside 5 minutes each morning for stretching . Set a timer and resist the urge to exercise for longer. Then each day, increase your morning exercise time by one minute. Within a month, you will be exercising for more than half an hour. More importantly, you will have established a habit that will be difficult to break.

What little step are you going to take today to build your new life?

3. Find fellow adventurers who share your passions

The road to reinvention can be lonely. As a result, it pays to have people on your side, people who understand what you are trying to achieve. If you have a spouse, share your dreams with him. Ask for their support and encouragement. Their reaction may surprise you.

Beyond your family, there are so many people in the world who share your passions. You may not feel like joining a club or organization at first, but don’t rule it out in the future. As you establish good habits and your confidence grows, find ways to share your passions with others.

After decades of caring for your family, it can seem strange to focus on yourself. You may even feel like you are the only person who thinks your passions are important. This is certainly not the case.

4. Make room in your house (and with it money) for your new life

Many people in this generation have said that their path to reinvention really began when they decided to clear their lives. Before doing this, it was as if they had too many programs running in their heads. With so many people and things to take care of, there just wasn’t enough mental energy left at the end of the day to order their own lives.

Take an inventory of things, people, places, and commitments in your life. Are there things you never wear that you could sell or give to a good cause? Are there people in your life who make you unhappy? Are there commitments you made when you were in a different context that continues to consume your time and energy? Maybe it’s time to let these things go!

As with all other aspects of reinventing yourself after 60, it pays to take the process of moving things slowly. Don’t be in a rush to change everything at once. If you remove an unnecessary item from your life every day, your life will quickly get sorted out.

What advice would you give others when it comes to reinventing after 60 ?

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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