There is that classic saying: “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. But where did this outdated, and completely inaccurate mindset came from?
Not only can old dogs in fact learn new tricks but you can too!
We have all heard people make the excuse that they are too old to do something, we have probably made this excuse ourselves here and there.
Too old to go back to school, too old to change careers, too old to find love. But there is no such thing as being too old when it comes to making changes in your life.
If you want to find love, then get on those dating apps. If you want to go to nursing school as you had always dreamed, then sign up! If you want to retrain or learn a new skill, get started on it right now.
The Problem is Routine:
You have probably fallen into the trap of monotony. You have your way of life and a certain way of doing things, it is comfortable and familiar.
But are you feeling fulfilled?
Do you find yourself yearning for a new adventure?
Maybe you had some big plans but then life got in the way like paying off a mortgage or raising children, and your previous dreams were put on the back burner. That is okay.
Life happens to us all and different things take priority.
However, do not live in complacency or let fear rule your life.
If you want to go after something, then go for it. Do not settle.
Do not believe the myth that adventures and big life changes are only for the young.
It is never too late to revisit those aspirations you had in your 20s.
Something as simple as learning a new skill can give you a new lease on life, a new passion or interest.
It can improve your self esteem, enhance your quality of life, help to cultivate meaningful relationships or bring you a sense of joy and fulfillment. You can start living life with intention and purpose.
In fact, if you don’t know what your purpose is and you want to find out I have created a complete guide on How to Find Your Purpose for you, the same one I give to my clients, and you can use it for free.
The 6 Steps to Change Your Life:
The first step is to let go of any previous beliefs you had about your inability to make changes.
Shed that phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
Approach this adventure with optimism and belief in yourself.
1. Find the what.
Close your eyes and think about what it is you want to achieve in your life. Make notes or journal about what you are considering doing.
2. Uncover the why.
Identify why you want to do this. What do you hope to get out of it or how will it benefit your quality of life?
3. Plan the how.
Make a plan and identify the steps you will need to take, no matter how small. You can start making little movements towards your ultimate goal today.
4. Feel into taking action.
Start to visualize yourself taking action and imagine yourself enjoying it! Focus on the positive feelings and the sense of accomplishment you will feel in the end.
5. Think into taking action.
Play this visualization over and over again. Everyday. Run this through your mind throughout every step you take and draw on it when things get difficult.
6. Take action.
Finally take one step toward your goals every day. This is crucial. Nothing is going to help you if you do not take this step. One small step, every day.