A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Your Sense of Adventure and Creativity in Your 50s – Part 2
Contrary to popular belief, aging does not make you less adventurous and less creative. This is one of the debunked seven myths about aging that could be hurting your potential.
Also, your brain is designed to continue to grow – you can generate new neural pathways for the rest of your life. Just like any other muscle in your body, you either use it or lose it.
By finding your sense of adventure and creativity, you can create new growth experiences for yourself, which is key to maintaining your cognition over time.
To help you live up to your potential and keep that mind of yours in tip top shape for the long haul, I’ve put together this two-part guide on how to find your sense of adventure and creativity.
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- Find clarity
- Research your options
- Adopt a growth mindset
Once you’ve completed the first three steps, you’re ready for action. Here are the next three steps.
Give It a Whirl
It is time to immerse yourself in your new venture with a new and different mindset. The trick is to try it out while kicking old tendencies and habits out. Remember to seek challenges, enjoy the process and embrace your fears and discomfort, which come with any new and exciting experience.
Because you’ve narrowed down your options to only activities and ventures that align with your core values and authentic goals, you’ll be much more efficient with your time and effort. You’ll have less of a trial-and-error period and you’ll likely succeed that much more.
Clarity coupled with a growth mindset, are a killer combination when it comes to trying out new experiences so get out there and just go for it. Give your new venture a try and start participating and practicing.
Find an Accountability Partner
As you leave your comfort zone, you’ll likely leave your standard circle of influence and encounter new like-minded friends who are also embarking on a similar journey.
This experience is invaluable and will help you create new meaningful relationships with people who can hold you accountable for your growth experience. And the importance of your social interaction is massive, especially as a senior.
If you’ve decided to chase your new goal with a familiar friend who’s already in your social circle, be open minded about making new connections and finding an accountability partner with someone new.
Your accountability partner can serve as someone who will encourage you to make progress as you move through your new venture. A fresh perspective from someone new can be very beneficial to nurturing your growth.
Not only will this help in pushing yourself to think in new creative ways, but you’ll also be more likely to behave in different ways, which is key to adopting any new adventurous or creative skill, experience or way of life.
As I mentioned in step 1, finding clarity through self-reflecting is foundational to any exploration or new growth experience. Continuing to be self-aware and mindful throughout your process will be huge.
You’ll be able to monitor your growth and tap into how you’re processing your journey, whether it’s your feelings, emotions, energy level or progress. By practicing mindfulness, you’ll be able to make better choices that will help you succeed and expand on your venture.
Pay attention to whether the experience expands you or shrinks you. Does your experience give you energy or deplete you? Are you enjoying the learning process and the growth experience? Do you need to pivot your plans?
Here are some ideas on how to keep up your mindfulness:
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Practice gentle yoga or tai chi
- Commit to a morning routine
- Review your vision and core values regularly
- Reconnect with nature
- Detox from social media, TV and digital devices
- Exercise regularly
This is how you continue to monitor your growth and progress, and to find out how you can fine tune your adventurous or creative venture over time. And celebrate your small wins as you make progress.
Of course, you want your chosen venture to fulfill you over the long term and the secret to keeping it up is to take micro-steps as consistently as possible.
So, there you have it – a step-by-step guide to finding your sense of adventure and creativity. If you’d like more details on each of these steps, please reach out – I’m happy to provide more helpful tips and share with you more tactical tools.
I invite you to this free workshop if you’re truly looking for change and tactical lifestyle improvements that fit seamlessly into your everyday life.
Which of these steps will help you the most in finding your sense of adventure and creativity? Are you ready to embrace your challenges and adopt a growth mindset? Which of these steps seems easiest/most difficult to you? Please join the conversation below.
Founder of Second Wind Movement, Cyn Meyer offers education + coaching to help seniors transition into amazing next chapters and age successfully in place. She helps them live out active, healthy, happy “retirement” years, so they can better evade depression, loneliness, Alzheimer’s and nursing home occupancy.