12 ways to answer life’s big question “Now what?” (and flourish)
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12 ways to answer life’s big question “Now what?” (and flourish)

Now what?!?!?!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably have asked this question a multitude of times.

It is to be expected. The consequences of COVID has accelerated it.

Being around 50 or older multiplies it.

Income, lifestyle, purpose and what to do with the multiple decades ahead leave you seeking answers to:

“What do I do?”

“What do I want to do?”

“What can I do?”

“Are the opportunities for someone my age?”

“Will I still be relevant?”

“Will I be fulfilled?”

“What’s my legacy?”

“Is it just me?”

“Now what?!?!?!”

You’re not alone asking this. In fact, you’re in the majority and while individual cases vary in intensity, being in or approaching this phase of life overwhelmingly elevates the challenge.

Cool. That’s just wonderful, Paul. However, NOW WHAT?!?!!?

Here are my 12 ways to finding answers:

Just the fact that you are asking this question of yourself is a major first step and a call to action.

Where attention goes, energy flows. Ask your questions and expect answers and be tuned into receiving them. The answers can range from a major epiphany to something subtle to the sum of many thoughts, observations and feelings leading you on a path and to answers.

Asking and being open to insights and answers is not an airy-fairy approach. This is a process proven by brain science and it has been the process that has led to great breakthroughs throughout history and in the lives of those who try.

Read and listen.  Whether it’s YouTube, ProBoomer, podcasts, books, articles or any other media, there is a prolific amount of insight, information, motivation, possibilities and how-to’s out there. Whatever you’re going through or trying to do, someone else had done it, succeeded and has shared how they did it.

It’s my turn is a thought-starter for what to do next. Maybe you have done what you were supposed to do all of your life and now is the chance to do what you want to do. As long as you have to “pivot” in order to earn an income for instance, why not pivot in a direction that’s fulfilling, exciting and right for you?

“I’ve always had this idea.” Now may very well be the time to pursue it (If not now, when?).

“What about my legacy? In this phase of life, it is human nature to ponder this question. So, go ahead and ponder. Not only will answers avail themselves in the process but also you will be addressing a major issue in your heart and soul.

“Avoiding the ultimate regret.” Often in their final dying moments, the greatest regret people have is that they didn’t go for it. They had an idea, a challenge or a possibility that, for whatever reason, they put aside. Imagine yourself in your waning moments. What would you regret not doing? In that answer may be an even bigger answer of what to pursue.

What about employment? There are more possibilities and ways of making money by working for others that you may imagine. The entire concept of employment or earning an income is radically changing because of COVID. While ageism is a major problem in our society, even that is starting to shift for the better and intergenerationalism is poised to become the next hot best practice.

Have an open mind, a new mindset and explore. Start searching articles about how to use your age and experience to your advantage (—) as well as the new types of opportunities that are out there (literally as I am writing this I get an email from Entrepreneur magazine with the article “Why Baby Boomers Make the Perfect Freelancers”). Do not think conventionally because convention is a thing of the past.

“What about starting a business?” Never in human history are we as enabled as we are now to start a business and the array of types of business is almost infinite. What’s more, the resources to do this are prolific.

“What if I don’t have any ideas?” Serial entrepreneur and “disruptor” Jay Samit offers a great and easy approach to finding a great idea for a business, employment and ways to earn money. Over the next 30-days before you go to bed write down three problems and needs that you noticed. These can be challenges in everyday life, at work, in the home or whatever. Jay says that inevitably you will hit on something and that idea will take off. Problem>Need>Solution = Opportunity.

Never has this been truer than now in this time of high-velocity disruptive change.

What’s your story? Please share your thoughts, concerns, challenges, hopes, or solutions for answering the question, “Now what?”

It’s become one of the most asked questions in our world: Now What?

The crises and radical changes we’re undergoing certainly drive this.

The older you get the more your life situation prompts this.

If you’re over 50, you really know this.

Here are 12 steps you can take to answer Now What? and the answers you need and even desire.

What’s your story? Please share your thoughts, concerns, challenges, hopes, or solutions for answering the question, “Now what?”

Also see:

Life in Limbo by Richard Leider

Life Lessons from a Master

Redefine What’s Next: Professional Women over the age of 50