How To Start Over At Any Age

Published on: May 17, 2013

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Clean Your Slate

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” — Guy Finley

Are you convinced that you can start over at any age, despite your current circumstances? Have you ever wished you could go back to a certain age and start all over? Have you thought: “I wish I could go back to 18 and know what I know now. I would do things so different!” I’m sure many of us have and while we can’t physically go back to 18 and start over, you can start over in various ways no matter what your age is. I’ve heard of businessmen who had a highly successful business, lost it, and then started over and rebuilt another successful business. How? They knew what principles to use and weren’t afraid to start over. They didn’t perceive their loss to be a failure. They moved forward despite fear, ridicule, anger, regret, etc.

No matter where you are in life, you can clean your slate and start over if you’re not happy in an area. Are you not happy with your current career? Why can’t you start over and choose a career that you will love? The answer is that you can. People go through career changes all the time and the reason they’re successful is that they set their goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and take action. Many people get caught up in the uncertainty and what ifs and never get farther than the dream of something new. Did your last relationship hit you hard? Do you wish you could start over with no bitterness, hurt, or fear? You can. Decide to give yourself a brand-new start today. When you were 18, you probably didn’t have many goals and plans. You most likely didn’t have a great deal of wisdom because that comes as we age. No matter what you’ve been through, no matter how young or old you are, you can do some things different and start over.

I encourage you to take some time to do a life reality check. Answer these questions:

  1. Am I really happy in life?
  2. Do I like my career?
  3. Am I happy in my relationship?
  4. What would I do differently if I could really start over?
  5. Am I living the life I want?
  6. Am I willing to do what it takes to create a life I love?
  7. Will I continue to let the past, obstacles, fear, shame, etc. to hold me back?
  8. Why can’t I dream new dreams?

Let The Past Go

“I’d been rejected, but I was still in love, so I decided to start over.”― Steve Jobs

Answer these questions and make a plan for your life from this day forward. Create goals and a plan to achieve those goals. For example, if you’re not happy with your current job, decide what job you would like and write out how you can make it happen. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details such as how the money for school will come, or how you’ll fit it all into your schedule. Just do the footwork and begin taking little steps. I think you’ll be surprised how things come together. It’s the faith and action toward your goal that propels you and creates momentum to make progress.

It’s important that you bid farewell to the past: the mistakes, the losses, the regret, shame, and so on. All you have is the present moment since the future is promised to no one. Enjoy your present and make it what you want it to be. If you need help, ask for it. There are professional Life Coaches that would love to come alongside you and give you some guidance and accountability. You’re worth the investment. You can start over no matter what your past has been, no matter what your present looks like, and no matter what age you are. Adopt a “can do” attitude and watch great things unfold right before your eyes. Create a life you love.

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