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Empower Yourself In Midlife: Start Planning

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Navigating Midlife: Karen Viesta

In a recent study conducted at the University of Chicago, researchers delved into the levels of satisfaction among women – examining various aspects of their lives from career and finances to relationships and wellness.

What they discovered was striking: across every category, women in midlife, typically between the ages of 40 and 60, reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction ever recorded.

Yet, amidst these findings, there was a glimmer of hope. The study revealed that women who possessed a clear vision of their aspirations—whether in terms of career, finances, personal development, health and wellness, relationships, or hobbies—experienced a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.

“It’s not surprising that many women in midlife find themselves grappling with dissatisfaction.”

Understanding the Challenges of Midlife:

It’s not surprising that many women in midlife find themselves grappling with dissatisfaction. Midlife often ushers in unique challenges and transitions, making it a period ripe for introspection and planning. Women who proactively set goals and plan for these transitions not only navigate challenges more effectively but also tend to be more successful in realizing their dreams.

6 Common Obstacles to Start Planning:

Despite the benefits of planning, many women find themselves hesitating to chart their futures. Some common obstacles include:

1. Fear of the Unknown:

The uncertainty of the future can be daunting, particularly for those who feel uncertain about their current life choices.

2. Perceived Lack of Time:

Many women cite a lack of time as a barrier to planning, though this may reflect differing priorities rather than an actual shortage of time.

3. Resistance to Change:

Some individuals resist planning for the future out of a desire to maintain the status quo.

4. Procrastination:

Putting off planning indefinitely can stem from a lack of perceived importance or a fear of failure.

5. Perfectionism:

Waiting for ideal circumstances can result in never taking action towards planning.

6. Lack of Hope or Support:

Feeling unsupported or lacking confidence can lead to a sense of futility in planning for the future. Despite these obstacles, investing time and energy into planning for the future offers numerous benefits, including clarity, efficiency, stress reduction and greater confidence/empowerment.

While planning for the future may seem daunting, it is a powerful tool for creating a life of purpose and fulfillment.”

6 Steps to Effectively Start Planning:

To begin planning for a fulfilling future, consider the following six steps:

1. Set Clear and Specific Goals:

Take time to envision your ideal future and outline specific goals to achieve it.

2. Create a Plan:

Develop a roadmap outlining the steps needed to realize your goals, break them down into manageable tasks.

3. Prioritize and Focus:

Make your soul goals a priority and design your life around them, managing resources accordingly.

4. Invest in Continuous Learning:

Identify the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your goals and actively work on developing them.

5. Manage Your Mindset:

Cultivate a positive and growth-oriented mindset, viewing challenges as opportunities for growth.

6. Build a Support System:

Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can offer encouragement, advice, and accountability.

Embrace Intentional Living:

While planning for the future may seem daunting, it is a powerful tool for creating a life of purpose and fulfillment. By overcoming common obstacles and taking proactive steps towards their goals, women can embrace intentional living, empowering themselves to turn their dreams into reality. As the study suggests, life satisfaction is within reach for those who dare to stop wishing and start planning.

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About The Author:

Karen Viesta is a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach who works with women in over 40 who want to transform their bodies and their lives. She is the founder of Wellegant Woman Coaching and host of the podcast, Wellegant Woman: Redefining Midlife. After going through her own midlife reinvention, Karen is passionate about helping women in midlife to age powerfully, create extraordinary health and vitality, and make each new decade even better than the last.

To dive deeper into these 10 steps and to receive additional guidance and resources, head over to Viesta’s site and download the free “Midlife Glow Up Guide: 7 Days to Your Healthiest and Most Radiant Self.” This guide is packed with practical tips, exercises and inspiration to support you on the beautiful journey toward creating a body and life you love. And if you want an incredible community of women in midlife, I encourage you to join the Wellgant Woman community HERE.