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Today’s Connection: Your mind is Ageless~~INspiredGuide

***This blog was inspired by @LeroyBell the 60 year old singer on X Factor USA***

boomers working longer

Old seems to be the word thrown around as soon as one reaches the forties, yet the ‘Aging Research Brigade’ tells us that we are living longer, healthier and better. Now that’s fantastic! Therefore planning careers, working harder and starting new ones including running your life should not be based on how old you are, surely not?

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

I’ve been through circumstances where opportunities within my workplace have been presented to my younger counterparts before me. I have taken it within my stride regardless of how society tries to label ‘old’, and it has also inspired me to create this blog.

It got me thinking; what if there was no age or no birth certificate to refer to, how would this change society’s viewpoint on age? I’m sure something else will be invented perhaps wrinkles, staying power or how productive you are in the workplace, but ultimately designed to distract one. Very clever!

There has to be an alternative, as I see no rules as to what gives society the right to dictate on how long a person should work within a career or the fret about setting new goals to further and better one’s life. There is no clear destination, but many of you will work longer for various reasons and for this one’s needs an essential ingredient called passion!

Take Leroy Bell for example, he started a new career whilst most of us are retiring or thinking about it at the young age of sixty; Leroy say’s that “He’s not close to that yet”. Old is indeed not old. I do hope this rocking fellow wins X Factor USA as he lives an ageless life and reminds us that we can live our life on our own terms.

  1. AGELESS MIND

You cannot put an expiry date on how the mind works, pay attention to your inspired guide called intuition as the subconscious mind is a powerful tool in one’s life. It keeps mind, body and spirit young and it always tells the truth. This is a tool which keeps one going and even allows one to reinvent something new, also known as ‘The God Within’.

Learn how to use it fast, as it’s the greatest tool human are posses in making them successful, ageless and attractive. Keep a pad at all times, write down whatever flashes through your mind. Inspiration is all around you. Think Steve Jobs, and what made him so great. No rules, even if you are laughed at and viewed as crazy. I for one cannot live without it. Stop depending on your rational mind as it’s far too noisy, and let your intuition direct you before your rational mind takes over.

2.   CAREER PLANNING

Boomers you are reinventing how one can plan a career authentically. It is not a birth date plan, it’s a ‘Career Life Plan’ and neither is it about your biological clock ticking. Fit your plans around your family life and values that are important to you. I know that plans can change at any given time but have something in place as a guide. In this economy everyone should have a solid Plan B. I believe that you should always start with an ‘Ageless Career Manifesto’ which is like a mission statement of your life, stating what you want and where you want to be. Do not get morbid about how many years you have left. It should be about you and how much you can utilise and manage your career right now. Hang it on the wall where it’s visible and let it serve as a reminder. Review it often, believe in yourself and make the change.

3.   NON-RETIREMENT

The image of sitting at home with knitting pins and doing puzzles is no longer what boomers are prepared to do, no way, that is old school. You are out there starting a quiet revolution on how the ‘old tag’ no longer holds. I have always thought the word ‘retirement’ or ‘retire’ is odd and sounds lame. It really means that one is tired and  unworthy of accomplishing anything else, after working hard your entire career. Why not refer to it as a ‘Careering Gap’ similar to a gap year or if you decide to throw in the towel, call it ‘Recreational Living’. Organisations will realise that by letting Boomers go there will be a shortfall of experience, talent, skills and wisdom. Why not let Boomers work hand in hand with generation X and together create and pro-actively re-invent the workplace. Only then, will the reference to ‘old’ no longer hold water and age would become appreciated and irrelevant.

4.  SOCIAL MEDIA

The link between Boomers and Social Media is a marriage made in heaven and is growing rapidly.  Building relationships with meaning is where you shine.  Social Media was supposedly for the younger generation. Learn how to link Social Media with your career; join social networks like twitter, Facebook and develop groups on LinkedIn. Do what appeals to you and form great networks with like-minded people. It’s your voice that is relevant. Do not let society determine how you should go about ending your career. Boomers you have been given the gift to excel!

5.  NEW CAREERS

Boomers you are reinventing careers in self-employment, business or in the workplace in many areas that was once meant for the younger generation, such as social media, nursing, networking, coaching, psychology, inspiration and more. Be flexible and retrain your brain with fresh and new ideas and seek professional career advice, but make sure to do so with someone who value’s and respects people of all ages. You also have the option of working part-time, on contract or freelance. In fact, create the best career for you, and sell it with conviction. Brand you and leave out the old!

Well there you have it. I have torn up my birth certificate a long time ago; ‘This Grandma is not done yet!’

Do you think ‘old is not old’ and how are you redefining this society driven world of defining old? I look forward to hearing your story.

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          Thank You

Your INspired Guide Career Coach

Maureen A Opene

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Todays Connections: The mind never retires only if you want it to

We have all heard the statistics; Baby boomers(born 1946-1964) are healthier, living longer better and want to retire later blah, blah. If you ask me these are gifts and blessings that we have been given and I am thankful. But what’s missing is the link between retirement and career which connects your life called your ‘INSPIRED GUIDE’.
WHAT IS INSPIRED GUIDE: It’s the connection between your genius within i.e intuition, vision, subconscious mind or the God within (learn how to access it you would indeed live longer, happier wealthier and much better), authentic self(real self), your natural strengths for career and retirement(ignore your weaknesses) and your life experience ( there are many).
Inspired Guide was giving to me in a vision one afternoon while resting in a chair 2002. The inspired guide newsletter for personal development was born. Also it’s a tool I use for career coaching for baby boomers. The newsletter will soon be revamped for baby boomers to enjoy. I will keep you posted

Here are 5 reasons why Inspired Guide is the link between your retirement and career:
1. BABY BOOMERS CAREER AND RETIREMENT MEDIA CONNECTIONS: Apart from building family and friends connections. How about getting to grips with the digital age by expanding career life to social media such as blogging, facebook, twitter, you tube and more. Connect these with your iphones, ipads and blackberry. It helps you gain new work, contracts and projects in link with your life. I am still learning the how to use social media to benefit my career and planning my retirement. http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2042278/buzz-social-media-business-decision

2. BABY BOOMERS AND MEANINGINGFUL LIFE: As you get older you will want to attach yourself to connections with meaning. There is a great opportunity to find meaning in voluntary work, charities, mentoring, coaching and giving back. I hope to give back to my west African roots in health and education. Its great to think about others and a legacy that appeals to your ‘inspired Guide’. http://www.livingdharma.org/MemorableSermons/Harada-MessageToBabyBoomers.html
3. BABY BOOMERS AND PLAN B CAREER: Yes its important to do what you love. But as we all are aware we are experiencing the biggest austerity measures in a long time. So having a ‘cousin like’ career plan B will help soothe the change. If you are having a hard time finding an accounting placement you are passionate about adapt your skills for now for example book keeper, auditor or financial planning. Weather the storm until things get better. I am a career coach but my skills extend to stress management, recruitment, counselling, numerology and medicine. I fit in where I am needed. I keep my options open. We are living in a multi-career economy. It does not make us less passionate in what we do.
http://www.50fabulous.com/columns/view/plan_b_for_boomers_re-thinking_your_future/
4. BABY BOOMERS AND FUNCTIONAL AGE : You are not your age especially in the workplace. I cannot wait for the day when the birth certificate becomes redundant. This was the reason why I throw in the towel and went freelance. I have never looked back. If you have been taken for granted in terms of your work load. Identify where you can prioritize and what is unrealistic. Most important first to least important. The economic climate has brought a new kind workload that could be stressful. If you feel over stretched and stressed talk to your line manager. Do not let things fester it makes you lose interest in your career. If you feel its not for you, have you got PLAN B? Do you want to become a freelance consultant/coach or start a new business if the workplace is not for you. (give link)

5. BABY BOOMERS AND AGELESS CAREER MANIFESTO: Forget about a mission statement or setting goals. Yes they are important but replace it with an ‘ageless career manifesto’ you will get a lot more satisfaction form how you want to live in your world and you can change and adapt it according to your life. It is written intention of your life on what is important to you. It is how you want to live it, health, enjoy, passion, change, experience and even include your life legacy. As usual ‘Ageless Career Manifesto’ was given to me by my ‘inspired guide’ as I walked out of a super market. I had no idea at the time that a manifesto extends to ones personal life. How amazing is that! So I took my time and wrote one to all Baby Boomers everywhere. For example,1. ‘I seek to help you unleash your Inspired guide so that you can achieve the career you want and not others. 2. ‘ I will strive to remove ‘age’ from career coaching and seek the wealth of your ageless mind. Write yours today. Place it on the wall and live it. http://www.wowowow.com/lifestyle/7051/
There you have it. Leave a comment.

Kind Regards

Maureen A Opene
Your Inspired Guide Career Coach

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