Time To Change Where You're Driving?

Nor' east Thinkin'

Tiz the season to be driven crazy or . . .

Published on: December 18, 2009

That pretty much sums up what most of us think as we race toward the Christmas holidays. It’s easy to see why the “Bah Humbug!” attitude was hooked to Christmas.


So many of us try to do so much – gift shopping, food fixing, card sending, . . . – besides working full time or two part time jobs. This is supposed to be a refreshing break before the farm shows and winter meetings crank up. But between the “Honey-dos”, “Daddy-dos”, “need-to-dos” and “should dos”, who’s got time to replenish the spirit and refocus life direction?


Take the break!


You owe it to yourself and your family. In fact, it’s exactly we (me included) need to do to be success at whatever we do. You need that time of replenishment and reassessment to make certain you’re driving towards where you  really want to end up life at.


A very successful woman I know was at the mid-point of her life, when she came to this realization: “My adult life had been focused on the pursuit of success. I want the second half of my life to be focused on significance.”


So she retired from her profession at 50 – give or take a few “woman years”, and dived into no-cost consulting for non-profits – organizations, not farm businesses. Her goal was simply to help others.


Younger people, of course, need to focus their primary energies on family and building business equity. But once you hit mid-life, it’s time to develop new goals and ambitions so you finish life’s journey with a joyful “well-done!”


So ask yourself: Am I driving toward where I want to end up? Now’s the time to take time to think about it – and make course corrections if needed. And if you’re married, it would be a very good idea to make sure you and your spouse are on the same path and direction.


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